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261.73 sec. 001 - Self Determination of Peoples in International Law (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Asa H. Solway  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2021-08-19

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2021-08-20

F 3:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2021-08-20

Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2021-08-21

Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2021-08-21

Course Start: August 19, 2021
Course End: August 21, 2021
Class Number: 31992

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 45
As of: 01/25 05:06 PM

Self-determination is a fundamental principle of international law. It is also the subject of considerable disagreement amongst the international community. This course considers the legal underpinnings of self-determination as a fundamental right, outlined in the United Nations Charter, of all peoples to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status without interference. Students will be exposed to and participate in current debates over the legality of modern self-determination movements and respective national and international responses. Topics may include decolonization and secession, internal versus external self-determination, minority rights, state sovereignty and claims to natural resources. Case studies will focus on debates within the international community on applicable law and the impact of political influence on international decision making. Cases to be considered include the International Court of Justice’s separate Advisory Opinions on the Chagos Archipelago and Kosovo and modern self-determination movements including those of Quebec, Catalonia and various members of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. Students will participate in in-class scenarios reflecting the interests of States, self-determination movements and other actors. Course work will include reading and a short (8-10 page) paper following the course focused on a case study to be determined in coordination with the lecturer.

This course meets over three days:
Thursday, August 19th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Friday, August 20th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday, August 21st 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM

Attendance at the first two weeks of class sessions is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present during the first two weeks of class (without prior permission of the instructor) may be dropped without notice. The instructor can continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to risk being dropped without notice.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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