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261 sec. 1 - International Law (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Katerina Linos  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 4
Meeting Time: MTu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: August 26, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49645

This course provides an introduction to international law broadly defined. It presents the basic concepts that every lawyer should know about the international dimensions of law in the modern world, and offers a rigorous foundation for advanced courses in this field. After covering the sources of international law, we will discuss a wide range of specific topics, from international human rights and the use of force, to international environmental law, trade and investment, and international business transactions.

Why study international law? Legal systems today are highly interconnected. We will see that changes in laws that appear entirely domestic in character can have global consequences. Conversely, foreign countries’ laws, international norms, and treaties can shape how domestic legal systems evolve. With its dominant role in the development and enforcement of the rules connecting the world, the U.S. often finds itself at the center of both these forces. International law is essential for careers in many government agencies, international organizations and tribunals. In addition, American lawyers today often represent U.S. companies doing business abroad or foreign companies doing business here.

The course has no prerequisites, and no prior knowledge will be assumed. That said, LLM students and others who already have a background in international law are encouraged to take the course. A particular emphasis of this course will be the use of international law in domestic litigation and law reform. Additionally, we will examine how politics and culture inform the negotiation and enforcement of international agreements, and draw on a growing theoretical literature on international law and international relations.
This course is required for students who wish to complete the certificate in international law.

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Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law
General Courses
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • International Law: Norms Actors Process
    Dunoff, Jeffrey Dunoff, Steven R. Ratner,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9780735589179
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $75.24
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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