International Law

The aim of this course is to provide a broad understanding of international law, and enforcement of this law, through international organizations (including the United Nations system).  The course uses a problem-based approach to understanding how international law operates and explores avenues to problem-solving in this context.  It will include a discussion of the nature, history, and sources of international law, as well as the relationship of international (including customary) law to municipal law and the nature and scope of international agreements (their negotiation, interpretation, suspension and termination). The course will also cover jurisdictional aspects of international law, such as bases of state jurisdiction and immunity from state jurisdiction (including capture of war criminals, sovereign immunity, Act of State doctrine, and diplomatic and consular immunity).

Structurally, the course looks at the settlement of disputes and the responsibility of states for violations of international law. Attention will turn to international and transnational adjudication, with an emphasis on the history, role and jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice. In the settlement of disputes by force, both the limitations on resort to force and the regulation of use of force in an ongoing conflict will be discussed.

As regards substantive content of subfields in international law, students will be introduced to the substantive scope of several subfields as well as specialized enforcement mechanisms in these subfields.

Credits: 3

Type: LEC

Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes

LL.M. Notes: Core course for LL.M. International Business & Trade Law Program and LL.M. International Law & Justice Program