GOVT-419 Dept Sem: Globalization and International Law
Offered academic year 2010-2011
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Globalization, often explained as the flow of goods, services, people, and ideas across borders, remains a complex phenomenon as scholars and policymakers attempt to come to terms with its impacts. Much of the so-called globalization literature makes overly simplistic, black-and-white pronouncements on globalization’s positive or negative multinational effects, without regard to legal implications. This course aims to provide students with a better understanding and evaluation of the processes that comprise globalization, the social and cultural implications of these processes, and the legal needs and means for controlling impacts of globalization in societies.

Key questions addressed in this seminar include: Are processes of globalization stabilizing or destabilizing forces in international relations? What is the future of state sovereignty in an era of intensifying globalization? Is it possible for governments to “manage” globalization processes through national laws so as to maximize their positive effects and minimize their negative effects? Do international institutions charged with managing certain aspects of globalization function as their member governments want? Are new legal rules needed to manage and control the variant processes of globalization? If so, how should they be devised? The central theme to be considered in each class is how processes of globalization influence law-creation, and what roles should governments play in formulating international legal norms for regulating these processes. [International Relations]
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Limited to Govt. and SFS Majors
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