INAF-215 International Law and Governance: A View from the Pacific
Spring for 2011-2012
The impact of international law upon the domestic policies of individual states has never been greater. From trade to terrorism, the international legal order impacts upon our daily lives in ways that most of us are completely unaware of. This move away from the traditional nation-state form of government model is part of a wider trend towards a multi-level form of policy making, where the institutions of the state are merely one element in a network of players. Academics have documented this move as a shift from government to governance.
This course examines the trend towards international governance and the extension of international law (and international institutions) into larger areas of domestic policy. Drawing on a number of diverse examples, including New Zealand, the island states of the South Pacific, the United States and the European Union. The course examines the practical impacts of international governance. In doing so it raises a number of questions that international governance poses for traditionally national political systems and ultimately asks whether a system of international governance needs a form of international constitutionalism.
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