Schedule Spring 2010

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March 2010
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General Directions

1. This course will use one book, available for purchase in the student bookstore:

  • Dunoff, Ratner, and Wippman. 2006. International Law: Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach. Aspen Publishers. The syllabus below refers to this as DRW.

2. All other texts are available via hyperlink. Please note that many, if not all, are only available to students via login.

3. This is a reading-intensive course. All readings should be read in the order presented. That is also their order of priority.

4. All readings should be read prior to class.

5. Required readings are required. Recommended readings will not be directly referred to on exams but primarily are provided to (a) clarify issues/concepts/theories discussed in the required reading or class lecture; and (b) guide those of you who want to deepen your knowledge on a specific issue.

addendum

You will encounter legal terms as you do some of your readings. Occasionally, it may be helpful to consult a legal dictionary. Our library has online access to several. I would consider consulting either of the following:

All class meetings are scheduled to take place in PAC 421.

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Part One: Introduction; theory

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21 January 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

What is International Law and why do we care about it? What is this course all about and what do I have to do to get an A?

Course Activities: Introductions

Readings:

  • DRW. Read pages 1 – 34. Part 1/Chapter 1: Tracing the Evolution of International Law Through Two Problems.

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26 January 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

The Legalization of International Relations; Theories of international relations and international law

Course Activities:

Readings:

Recommended:

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28 January 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

What are the sources of international law? Treaties and Hard Law.

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Recommended:

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2 February 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Sources of International Law: Soft Law.

RESEARCH PROSPECTUS DUE.

Recommended: Read writing tips available at: http://mbnelson.faculty.wesleyan.edu/for-students/

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

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4 February 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Compliance with International Law

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Recommended:

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Part Two: Participants and Structure of Global Governance

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9 February 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

States

Course Activities: (1) Research Prospectus Due (2) Lecture

Readings:

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11 February 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

International Organizations and Non-State Actors

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • DRW. 171 – 181; 184 – 200. “International Organizations as Global Actors” from Chapter 3
  • DRW. 201 – 233. from Chapter 4, “The Challenge of Non-State Actors”

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16 February 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

International Law in the Domestic Arena

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • DRW. Skim 267 – 273 “The Monist-Dualist Debate”
  • DRW. Read 273 – 285 “Making International Law: Is NAFTA Constitutional?”
  • DRW. Read 293 – 310 “Breaking International Law…”
  • DRW. Read 286 – 293; 310 – 313 [Can the President Make – or Break – International Law?”
  • DRW. Skim 326 – 340 “Opening and Closing the Courthouse Door…”

Recommended:

  • DRW. 315 – 325 “Interpreting International Law…”

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18 February 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

The Reach of Domestic Law…

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • DRW. Read 355 – 377 [The extraterritorial reach of domestic law]
  • DRW. Read 387 – 398 “Does the System Work?…”
  • DRW. Read 398 – 410; 412-415 “Capturing Criminals…”

Recommended:

  • DRW. 415 – 435 “Sovereign Immunity”

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Part Three: Human Dignity

General Readings of Note (this list is provided for those of you who are interested in these issues; they are not assigned readings):

  • Thomas Risse, Stephen Ropp and Kathryn Sikkink (eds.) 1999. The Power of Human Rights: International Norms and Domestic Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Keck, ME, and K Sikkink. 1999. Transnational advocacy networks in international and regional politics. International Social Science Journal. 51(159). 89-101.
  • Moravcsik, Andrew. 2000. “The Origins of Human Rights Regimes: Democratic Delegation in Postwar Europe.” International Organization. 54 (2). 217 – 252.
  • Hafner-Burton, Emilie Marie. 2005. Forum Shopping for Human Rights: The Politics of Preferential Trade. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
  • Hafner-Burton, Emilie M. 2008. “Sticks and Stones: Naming and Shaming the Human Rights Enforcement Problem.” International Organization. 62. 689 – 716.
  • Simmons, Beth A. 2009. Mobilizing for Human Rights. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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23 February 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Civil and Political Rights

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • DRW. 437 – 472. “Protecting Political and Civil Rights”
  • Simmons, Beth A. 2009. Excerpt from “Introduction.” Mobilizing for Human Rights. New York: Cambridge University Press. Pages 12 – 17.
  • Simmons, Beth A. 2009. “2. Civil Rights.” Mobilizing for Human Rights. New York: Cambridge University Press. Read all, but no need to concentrate on the method.

Recommended:

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25 February 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Women’s Rights

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

Recommended:

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2 March 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Individual Accountability

Course Activities: Lecture. Review for Midterm.

Readings:

Recommended:

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4 March 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Course Activities: MIDTERM EXAM

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SPRING BREAK

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23 March 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

International Law & Genocide

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

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Part Four: Use of Force

General Readings of Note (this list is provided for those of you who are interested in these issues; they are not assigned readings):

  • Christine Gray, International Law and the Use of Force (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • J.L. Holzgrefe and Robert O. Keohane, eds., Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal and Political Dilemmas (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), esp. chapter by Byers and Chesterman.
  • W. Michael Reisman, Assessing Claims to Revise the Laws of War, 97 AM. J. INT’L L. 82 (2003).
  • Thomas M. Franck, What Happens Now? The United Nations After Iraq, 97 AM. J. INT’L L. 607 (2003).
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Law and Force after Iraq: A Transitional Moment, 97 AM. J.. INT’L L. 628 (2003)

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25 March 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

The Gulf Wars and Afghanistan

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

  • DRW. 873 – 915. [the evolution of the law; the Gulf wars]
  • DRW. 983 – 987; 991; 994 – 1001; [the US in Afghanistan]

Recommended:

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30 March 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

More Humanitarian Law: Use of nuclear weapons; protection of non-combatants

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

  • DRW. Skim 527 – 539; Read 539 – 553. “Nuclear Weapons”
  • DRW. Read 554 – 561; Skim 561 – 573. “The Qana Incident”

Recommended:

  • DRW. 587 – 605. “Occupying Foreign Territory: Israel’s Wall in the West Bank”

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Part Five: International Environmental Law

General Readings of Note (this list is provided for those of you who are interested in these issues; they are not assigned readings):

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1 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Global Environmental Governance; Transboundary Pollution and Environmental Harm

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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6 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Law of the Sea

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

  • DRW. 695 – 736. The Territorial Sea; Exploitation and Protection of Water and Fish

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8 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

International Waters

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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13 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Ozone; Begin Climate Change

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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15 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Climate Change

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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Part Six: Governing the Global Economy

General Readings of Note (this list is provided for those of you who are interested in these issues; they are not assigned readings):

  • Braithwaite, John, and Peter Drahos. 2000. Global business regulation. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Andrew T. Guzman and Joost Pauwelyn. International Trade Law: Cases and Materials, Aspen Publishers. Aspen Publishing, 2009.
  • Daniel W. Drezner, All Politics is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).
  • Kelly, Claire (2006). “Power, Linkage and Accommodation: The WTO As An International Actor And Its Influence On Other Actors And Regimes,” Berkeley Journal of International Law, Vol. 24, pp. 79-128.

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20 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Rough Drafts DUE

Recommended: Read writing tips available at: http://mbnelson.faculty.wesleyan.edu/for-students/

See especially George Orwell’s essay: http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit

Course Activities: (1) Rough Draft Workshop (2) Mini-Lecture.

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22 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Governing Global Trade (I)

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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27 April 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Governing Global Trade (II)

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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29 April 2010. Thursday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

African States in Global Governance

Course Activities: Lecture and Discussion.

Readings:

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4 May 2010. Tuesday. 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Conclusion and Summary

Course Activities: Final Lecture and Exam Review

Readings:

  • “What good is international law?” a symposium with essays by Jed Rubenfeld, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Michael J. Glennon, Oona A. Hathaway, and Stacy D. McDeever, The Wilson Quarterly, Autmn 2003.
  • DRW. 1059 – 1071.

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FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE MAY 5 @ 5 pm

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end of classes

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12 May 2010. Wednesday. 2 – 5 pm

Location: PAC 125

FINAL EXAM

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