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GOVT-403 International Law
Spring for 2015-2016
Faculty:
  • Arend, Anthony
  • This course analyzes the concepts, structures, and political underpinnings of public international law. We will explore international law as both an "operating" system of rules and procedures for generating laws; as well as, a "normative" system for regulating the specific behaviors of nation-states. Some of the topics covered include: the sources and actors of international law; international legal institutions; the use of force; human rights law; law of the sea, cyberspace law. Beyond acquiring a thorough knowledge of the international legal system, students will also examine the political foundations upon which the system rests. Although this course is taught from the "globalist" point of view, special attention is given to the role of international law within the United States. Using the legal and political knowledge gained throughout the course reading excerpts from cases in the required textbook and briefing the cases in class, students will take two essay-type exams.
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: GOVT-006

    Sections:

    GOVT-403-01 International Law
    Fall for 2015-2016
    Professor Joyner
    The chief purpose of this course is to survey the field of international law, focusing especially on world order issues of legal importance. Since the legitimacy of international law qua law has sometimes been called into question, it will be necessary first to examine carefully the major principles and concepts of international law as gleaned from multilateral conventions, state practice, court decisions, and the writings of publicists. Having done this, attention will then be directed to explaining the functions and processes of international legal rules. Finally the course will address specific legal problems found in contemporary international relations, particularly the law relating to common international spaces, human rights, war, terrorism, and economic development, as well as the evolving status of law in a multi-cultural world. [International Relations]
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GOVT 006.
    GOVT-403-02 International Law
    Professor Arend
    This course presents the essentials of positive international law in the light of the limitations imposed by international politics on the one hand, and the normative requirements of higher law on the other. The case method of instruction is used to demonstrate substantive rules and to show the dynamics of the international legislative process. [International Relations]
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GOVT 006.
    GOVT-403-03 International Law
    Fall for 2015-2016
    Kritz, Brian
    This course presents the essentials of positive international law in the light of the limitations imposed by international politics on the one hand, and the normative requirements of higher law on the other. The case method of instruction is used to demonstrate substantive rules and to show the dynamics of the international legislative process. [International Relations]
    Credits: 4
    Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GOVT 006.
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