The Law of International Organizations (LAW-662-001)
Meets from 5/31-6/21. Students may earn academic credit for up to two credits per week in the summer semester (excluding full semester courses). This course counts toward the two credit per week limit. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The activities of international organizations affect people and nations on a daily basis through their influence on commerce, governance, security, health and other spheres of human development. International organizations establish standards, impose sanctions, provide emergency and long term assistance, resolve disputes among and within nations and even facilitate social movements. What is the legal personality of an international organization? What are its powers? How does it derive its authority? What constrains it? What are its responsibilities? How is it held accountable? This course will explore these and many other questions through an introduction to the law of international organizations, examining the context for their establishment and the legality of their structures, authority, functions and interactions. The course will survey the core principles of public international law that generally govern all international organizations, while highlighting the variance across select international organizations. Course themes will include enumerated mandate versus implied powers, law making versus standard setting authority, concepts of reputational versus legal risks, internal versus external accountability, legal personality in relation to member state sovereignty. Students will be assigned international organizations to study and present for class discussions.
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