LAWS 2601 T - Public International Law

Examination of the role of law in contemporary international relations. Nature, history and sources of international law; international personality of states; status of international organizations and individuals; creation and effect of international obligations; importance and functions of law in the settlement of international disputes.
Precludes additional credit for LAWS 3603 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 credit from LAWS 1001, LAWS 1002, PSCI 1100, PSCI 1200, or PAPM 1000 [1.0].

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to public international law, and some of the key principles, theories and institutions associated with the international legal system. It addresses core topics such as the nature, sources and subjects of international law, and examines important contemporary legal challenges such as the use of force by states and the international criminal court. Throughout the lectures, the role and limits of international law in international relations will be discussed from a legal, political and historical perspective. Practice problems and short video clips will also be employed to help students critically analyze and apply what they are learning to the real world of foreign affairs. Respectful and thoughtful class discussion will be encouraged throughout the term.

CRN for section T: 33651

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 33652

In-class lecture time & location:
Wednesdays, 11:35am to 2:25pm, 624 SA

Instructor: Sean Richmond

Sean Richmond

About the instructor: Sean Richmond is a Canadian lawyer and academic who researches, teaches and advises in the areas of international law and international relations. He joined the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in July 2018, where he teaches international law, criminal law, and constitutional law. Prior to this position, Sean was the Special Advisor to Canada's Legal Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and a Legal Officer in the United Nations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Section. He also taught at Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

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