Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Law of Intl Organizations: UN (LAW-662-001)

Meets: 04:30 PM - 05:50 PM (TTh) - Room 524

Enrolled: 24 / Limit: 30

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This course examines the law and selected policy issues relating to international organizations (“IOs”), focusing almost exclusively on the United Nations and placing particular emphasis on the United Nations Security Council’s response to situations that present a threat to peace and security. During roughly the first third of the semester, we will examine issues relating to the legal status of IOs and privileges and immunities enjoyed by IOs as well as individuals associated with them. We next turn to issues relating to membership and representation in IOs, again focusing on the United Nations. During this segment, we will examine the legal and other implications of the General Assembly’s November 2012 decision to grant the Palestinian Authority non-Member State status. During the third segment of the course, we will examine the role of the United Nations in generating international law and the respective roles of the UN General Assembly, Security Council, and International Court of Justice in interpreting the UN Charter and addressing disputes that threaten international peace. The final two segments of the course examine issues relating to the UN’s evolving role in securing international peace and security. We will first consider the Security Council’s enforcement powers, examining case studies in which the Council has imposed economic sanctions and authorized military force. For the remainder of the course, we will examine in some depth the Organization’s evolving role in deploying (non-coercive) peacekeeping operations and in authorizing a range of coercive measures, including for humanitarian purposes. In this context, we will at times touch upon the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations, but our focus will remain on the United Nations. The legal dimension of these issues will be examined in the context of case studies, such as those relating to the Security Council’s response to crises in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Libya, and Syria. Finally, we will consider both the law and policy issues raised by the United Nations’ establishment of “hybrid” courts in countries like Bosnia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone and ad hoc criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, respectively, and by the Organization’s relationship with the International Criminal Court.

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