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261.73 sec. 001 - Self Determination of Peoples in International Law (Fall 2023)

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 10
On 2023-11-02

F 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 10
On 2023-11-03

F 3:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Law 10
On 2023-11-03

Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Law 10
On 2023-11-04

Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Law 10
On 2023-11-04

Course Start: November 02, 2023
Course End: November 04, 2023
Class Number: 32026

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 36
As of: 02/07 02:03 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, in-class exercises and simulations and a final group presentation/activity in which students will participate in a simulated United Nations General Assembly debate.

We also have special academic rules for these condensed courses:
-Students must attend each course session and cannot attend any course session remotely (even for illness or emergency situations).
-The Registrar’s Office will drop a student who does not attend each course session.

Due to the condensed nature of this course, in-person attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absences cannot be excused for any reason, including illness or emergencies. The Registrar’s Office will drop any student who misses a session.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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