Discussion - 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to examine the fundamentals of public international law in the context of contemporary world affairs, and vice versa. The topics to be covered include sources of international law, international jurisdiction and immunities, recognition of states and governments, treaties, the relationship between national and international law, the obligations of states, international organizations, individuals and transnational corporations under international law, the peaceful settlement of international disputes, the use of force, and human rights. This course provides an essential foundation for further study or for practice in any area of international law. It also teaches important skills, such as working with treaties, and increases awareness of vital international legal issues which are important in any area of legal practice in our globalized world. In Fall 2020, this course will include a section on the world health organization and international law responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.Final Assessment: Exam.
Classroom Policies: This course has an attendance policy.