This course provides a general introduction to international aspects of modern legal practice, including both public and private international law. It is intended to provide students who might not take any other courses in international law with the basic minimum knowledge necessary to practice in today's global environment; it is also a good first class for students who intend to pursue more advanced study in particular aspects of public or private international law. Case studies focus on a variety of issues including human rights, environment, terrorism, trade and commercial law. Themes of the course include the role of national sovereignty in the era of globalization, the democratic deficit of international institutions, theories about why nations obey or disobey international law, how nations internalize or reject international norms, how international institutions interact with national legal systems, and the role of non-state actors in the international system. Elements used in grading: Class participation, written assignments and final exam.
Instructors for this courseAllen S. Weiner
Jenny S. Martinez