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261.73 sec. 001 - Self Determination of Peoples in International Law (Fall 2024)

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 132
On 2024-08-22

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 132
On 2024-08-23

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Law 132
On 2024-08-24

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 132
On 2024-08-24

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 132
On 2024-08-23

Course Start: August 22, 2024
Course End: August 24, 2024
Class Number: 32141

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 5
Enroll Limit: 44
As of: 07/19 09:03 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. Coursework 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.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will 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 be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Race and Law Requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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