International Law

Details

Course Code:
LAW 5013
Units:
4
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

Description

(Formerly Law 479) This course provides a general introduction to international law and its role in today's complex and interdependent world. We will begin by considering fundamental questions about the nature of international law, such as the sources of international law (including treaties and customary international law), the subjects of international law, the origins of international law in the sovereign equality of states, and the absence of mechanisms for the authoritative interpretation or enforcement of international law. We will also examine the operation of international law in the U.S. legal system. We will then explore core concepts such as state responsibility and the bases upon which states may exercise jurisdiction. In the second half of the course, we will look at a series of contemporary international law topics and issues, including international human rights law, the law governing coercion and the use of armed force, the law of armed conflict, international environmental law, and international criminal law. Throughout, we will consider current issues and problems arising in the international arena and the extent to which international law actually affects the behavior of states. This course provides a general grounding in public international law and a foundation for more advanced or specialized international law courses. Elements used in grading: Class participation, optional paper, and final exam.

Future Offerings

2016-2017 Spring

International Law LAW 5013 Section 01 Class #32034

  • 4 Units

Notes: In-class Final.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Spring

International Law LAW 479 Section 01 Class #16113

  • 4 Units

Notes: In-class Final.

2014-2015 Spring

International Law LAW 479 Section 01 Class #30308

  • 4 Units

Notes: In-class Final.

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