Law 263.4, International Law & Ethics


Reading Assignments



Week 1 (Aug. 22nd):

Introductory session

Samuel Huntington, The West Unique, Not Universal, Foreign Affairs (1996)

Editorial Comments: NATO’s Kosovo Intervention, 93 Am. J. Intl L. no. 4 (1999)

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Week 2 (Aug. 29th):

International Law and Ethics: Is there a subject? 

John Rawls, LP, Introduction and Part I.

Charles Beitz, Political Theory, pp. 13-27, 35-67.

Samuel Huntington, Clash of Civilizations, Foreign Affairs (1993)

George F. Kennan, American Diplomacy 91-103 (1984)

Kenneth Waltz, Man, the State, and War 1-15, 159-86 (1959)


Week 3 (Sept. 5th)– No class


Week 4 (Sept. 12th)

The Idea of Human Rights

U.N. Declaration of Human Rights

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International Covenant on Civil and Political rights

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International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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Breard v. Greene, 523 U.S. 371 (1998)

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Michael Ignatieff, “Human Rights: The Midlife Crisis,” New York Review of Books (May 20, 1999),

Rulings in Bilbeisi, Hamdan, and Mubarak cases, Israeli High Court of Justice, 

Thomas Nagel, “Public Rights and Private Space,” Phil. & Pub. Affairs (excerpts)

Rawls, LP, Part II

Daniel Bell, “East Asian Challenge to Human Rights,” Human Rights Quarterly, 18: 641-67 (1996)


Week 5 (Sept. 19th):

Rules of War

Geneva Conventions

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Nagel, “War and Massacre,” IE.

Rawls, LP, Part III, pp. 89-105.

David Scheffer, The United States and the International Criminal Court, 93 Am. J. Intl L. 12 (1999)

Jonathan Tucker, From Arms Race to Abolition: The Evolving Norm Against Biological and Chemical Warfare, in The New Terror: Facing the Threat of Biological and Chemical Weapons 159-226 (1999)


Weeks 6 & 7 (Sept. 26th and Oct. 3rd):

Responsibility for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity


Week 6: The legacy of Nuremberg, exercise

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem.  Penguin, New York, (1994 rev.ed.) chpts. 1 & 2, 14-epilogue.

Michael Marrus, Documents on Nuremberg


Week 7: After Nuremberg: trials and reconcilations

Martha Minow, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness,  Beacon Press, Boston, chps. 1-5 (1999) (excerpts).

Philip Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, Picador, New York 15-43, 109-171, 256-320 (1999) (excerpts).

Tadic Judgment, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (May 7, 1997),

Decision concerning extradition of Alfonso Pinochet, House of Lords (March 24, 1999),


Week 8 (Oct. 10th):

International Humanitarian Intervention

Michael Walzer, “The Rights of Political Communities,” and “Response to Critics,” IE.

David Luban, “Just War and Human Rights,” IE.

Tom Farer, An Inquiry into the Legitimacy of Humanitarian Intervention, in Law and Force in the New International Order 185-201 (Damrosch & Scheffer eds. 1991);

Vladimir Kartashkin, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention, in id. at 202-11.

Theodor Meron, Commentary on Humanitarian Intervention, in id. at 212-214

Lori Damrosch, Commentary on Collective Military Intervention to Enforce Human Rights in id. at 215-23.


Week 9 (Oct. 17th):

Nuclear ethics

            Douglas Lackey, “Missiles and Morals,” IE.

            Gregory Kavka, “Doubts about Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament,” IE.

            Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Use of Nuclear Weapons, 35 ILM 809

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Kenneth Waltz, Toward Nuclear Peace, in The Use of Force 684-712 (Art & Waltz eds. 1988)

Thomas C. Schelling, The Diplomacy of Violence, in id. at 3-24


Week 10 (Oct. 27th): No class (Flyback week)


Weeks 11 & 12 (Oct. 31st & Nov. 7th):

International Distributive Justice

Week 11:

Peter Singer, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” IE

Samuel Scheffler, “The Conflict between Justice and Responsibility,” in Global Justice, ed. Ian Shapiro and Lea Brilmayer, NYU Press, New York (1999), pp. 86-106.

Rawls, Theory of Justice, excerpts; LP, Part III, pp. 105-20.


Week 12:

Liam Murphy, “Comment on Scheffler,” in Global Justice, pp. 116-24.

Hillel Steiner, “Just Taxation and International Redistribution,” Global Justice, pp. 171-80.

Beitz, PT, Part 3.


Remember to vote!


 Week 13 (Nov. 14th):

 Environmental Justice

Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons, Oxford University Press, New York (1984), Ch. 16.

Henry Shue, “Subsistence emissions and Luxury Emissions,” Law and Policy, 5: 39-59 (1993). 

Weiss, D’Amato, et al. Environmental Ethics, in International Environmental Law Anthology 182-89, 421-40


Week 14 (Nov. 21st):

Justice in International Develoment

Sen, DF, Chs. 2, 5, 6.

 Joseph Stiglitz, “What I Learned at the World Economic Crisis,” The New Republic (April 17th, 2000),

Amy Chua, The Paradox of Free Market Democracy, 41 Harv. Intl. L.J. 287 (2000)

Viet Dinh, What’s the Law in Law and Development, 3 Greenbag 19 (1999).


Week 15 (Nov. 28th):

Political Self-determination and Secession

Allen Buchanan, “Toward a Theory of Secession,” Ethics 101: 322-342 (1991).

John Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government 25-54

Abraham Lincoln, First & Second Inaugural Addresses, Gettysburg Address

Texas v. White, 74 U.S. 700 (1868).


Extra Session?:

Is there a role for the state?

Immanuel Kant, “To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch,” Perpetual Peace and Other Essays, ed. and trans. Ted Humphrey, Hackett, Indianapolis (1983).

Bruce Russett, Grasping the Democratic Peace, excerpts

Daniel Bell, Foreward, Post Industrial Society (2d ed. 1999)