Public International Law

(2340.04) Course
Instructor(s): Professor R. Buchanan

Description: This course provides an introductory survey of public international law as a discipline, a professional field, a set of institutions and a site of politics.  In the current moment, public international law is a complex web of treaty-based rules, customary international law, and soft law norms. During the early phase of international law (or laws of nations), however, these various forms of regulation emanated solely from nation states. Nation states, international institutions, and other non-state actors now generate, interpret and adjudicate international law. The onset of globalisation(s) has further solidified, and often complicated, the multiple interconnections between nation states and non-state actors through the use of international law.  The central aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic institutions, actors and principles of international law, while paying close attention to the historical origins of these.

Evaluation: - Class participation: 20% (to be discussed further in class) - Group presentation: 20% (to be discussed further in class) - Take home exam (to be discussed further in class); or alternatively, a research paper (5,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography) on the basis of a proposal pre-approved by the Professor: 60%.

Fall: 4 credits; 4 hours
Max. Enrollment: 60
Prerequisite Courses: None
Preferred Courses: None
Presentation: Lectures, discussion
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement: No
Praxicum: No