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261.95 sec. 1 - International Law, Policy and Development (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Jamie O'Connell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: TuTh 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 123

Course Start: January 08, 2013

The United States government’s policies on human rights and democratization abroad will be the focus of this new course in spring 2013. A select group of no more than eight students and the professor will examine the internal government processes and the external factors that shape U.S. policy toward, for example, the Arab Spring and the International Criminal Court. The course will be more dynamic and fluid than a traditional seminar: the students and professor will function as a research team, with students playing a more active role in the learning process and combining group/collective work with individual tasks. Students will do some writing in formats used by government officials, such as policy memos or briefing papers.

A group trip to Washington, DC, over spring break will enable face-to-face engagement with policymakers at the State Department and other relevant agencies, plus human rights advocates and other experts. These meetings will yield insights unavailable through print and online sources, and may be occasion for presenting preliminary research results.

Students may have the opportunity to form professional connections through the course, as well as hone a range of intellectual and professional skills. Those who aim to work in or influence the Federal government in any policy area will benefit, as well as those specifically interested in international affairs or human rights.

Professor O’Connell will discuss the course at the International Human Rights Colloquium on Tuesday, October 16, at 12:45 in Room 12, or by appointment (

Application and enrollment: Admission is by permission of the instructor. 1Ls may be admitted *if* they have previous experience working in or studying human rights, foreign policy, and/or government (not necessarily related to foreign policy).

All interested students should submit an email with the following attached **by 4 P.M. on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26** to and
--Either a short cover letter (1 to 1 ½ pages) or the equivalent in the body of the email, explaining the applicant’s motivation for enrolling in the course and describing any relevant academic or professional preparation.
--List of any courses the applicant has taken that s/he feels will be especially relevant, including course name, professor, semester taken, and (if outside Boalt) institution and department.

Finalists will have a brief interview (by phone or skype for those not in residence). Admission decisions will be made before the beginning of Telebears II.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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