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; the 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 1000 [1.0], PAPM 1000 [1.0], PSCI 1100 and PSCI 1200.

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: 20950

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 20951

Instructor: Umut Ozsu

Umut Ozsu

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