Schedule – 2012

This schedule is still subject to some major changes but should give students an idea as to what we will do this semester.
– Prof N.

January 2012
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February 2012
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March 2012
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April 2012
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May 2012
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General Directions

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

  • Dunoff, Ratner, and Wippman. 2010. International Law: Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach. Aspen Publishers. THIRD EDITION. The syllabus below refers to this as DRW. This is a newish edition and you MUST use it!

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.

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 SQU114.

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Part One: Introduction; theory

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30 January 2012.

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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1 February 2012.

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

Course Activities:

Readings:

Recommended:

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6 February 2012.

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

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Recommended:

  • Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF]

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8 February 2012.

Sources of International Law: Soft Law.

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

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13 February 2012.

Compliance with International Law

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

Recommended:

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Part Two: Participants and Structures of Global Governance

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15 February 2012.

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

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20 February 2012.

International Organizations and Non-State Actors

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • DRW. 159 – 169; 171- 187. “International Organizations as Global Actors” from Chapter 3
  • DRW. 189 – 222. from Chapter 4, “The Challenge of Non-State Actors”

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22 February 2012.

International Law in the Domestic Arena

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • DRW. Skim 239 – 249 “The Monist-Dualist Debate”
  • DRW. Read 249 – 261 “Making International Law: Is NAFTA Constitutional?”
  • DRW. Read 269 – 288″Breaking International Law…”
  • DRW. Read 261- 268 on Presidential powers
  • DRW. Skim 298 – 324 “Opening and Closing the Courthouse Door…”

Recommended:

  • DRW. 288-298 “Interpreting International Law…”

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27 February 2012.

The Reach of Domestic Law…

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • DRW. Read 325 – 356 [The extraterritorial reach of domestic law]
  • DRW. Read 356-376 “Capturing Criminals…”

Recommended:

  • DRW. 377-398 “Sovereign Immunity”

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29 February 2012.

Course Activities: Catching Up

Readings: SAME AS PREVIOUS DAY

 

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5 March 2012.

MIDTERM EXAM

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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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7 March 2012.

Civil and Political Rights

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • DRW. 403 – 435. “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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SPRING BREAK

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26 March 2012.

Women’s Rights

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

Recommended:

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

 

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28 March 2012.

Individual Accountability

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings (in order of importance):

Recommended:

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2 April 2012.

International Law & Genocide

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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4 April 2012.

Catch Up: ICC, Genocide

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6 April 2012.

ROUGH DRAFT DUE

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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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9 April 2012.

The Gulf Wars and Afghanistan

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

  • DRW. 825 – 866. [the evolution of the law; the Gulf wars]
  • DRW. 938 – 949. [the US in Afghanistan]

Recommended:

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11 April 2012.

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

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

  • DRW. 489 – 513. “Nuclear Weapons”
  • DRW. Read 513 – 534; Skim 534 – 536. “The Qana Incident” This pages skimmed should be 534 through 546.

Recommended:

  • DRW. 546 – 564. “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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16 April 2012.

Global Environmental Governance; Transboundary Pollution and Environmental Harm

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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18 April 2012.

International Waters; the Law of the Sea

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

  • DRW. 707 – 729.”Nile”
  • DRW. 651-685. The Territorial Sea; Exploitation and Protection of Water and Fish

Recommended:

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23 April 2012.

Ozone; Begin Climate Change

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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25 April 2012.

Climate Change

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

  • DRW. 757-774. “Climate Change”
  • COP 16 Report

Recommended:

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27 April 2012

FINAL DRAFT OF PAPERS DUE

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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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30 April 2012.

Governing Global Trade (I)

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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2 May 2012.

Governing Global Trade (II)

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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7 May 2012.

African States in Global Governance

Course Activities: Lecture and Discussion.

Readings:

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9 May 2012.

Conclusion and Summary

Course Activities: Final Lecture and Exam Review

Readings:

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end of classes

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18 May 2012. Friday. 2 – 5 pm

Location: TBA

FINAL EXAM

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