International Courts & Tribunals

(2442.04) Course
Instructor(s): Professor O. Okafor

Description: The last several decades have witnessed a near explosion in the number and spread of international courts and tribunals in the world. What role can and do these courts/tribunals play in our current global (dis)order? How do these bodies contribute to or detract from the effort to promote and protect international criminal, human rights and humanitarian law? This course will examine a number of related topics including the socio-legal context in which international courts and tribunals operate; the nature and limits of their mandates and jurisdiction; the nature of their composition; their workings and operations; their relationships with national courts and other domestic bodies; relationships to other international bodies; the implementation and enforcement of their decisions and judgments; any politics, biases or blind spots that afflict their work; and any patterns in their decision-making and operations.

Evaluation: Take Home Group Assignment 20% + Open Book Final Exam 80%

Fall: 4 credits; 4 hours
Max. Enrollment: 40
Prerequisite Courses: None
Preferred Courses: None
Presentation: Lectures and Discussion
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement: No
Praxicum: No