Schedule

Fall 2016

September
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1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
October
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 10 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

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November
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30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
December
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1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

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General Directions

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

  • Dunoff, Ratner, and Wippman. 2015. International Law: Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach. Aspen Publishers. FOURTH EDITION. The syllabus below refers to this as DRW. You MUST use this edition! There are MAJOR differences from all previous editions.

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 PAC 104.

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Part One: Introduction; theory

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Class 1

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. Chapter 1: Tracing the Evolution of International Law Through Two Problems.

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Class 2

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

Course Activities:

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 3

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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Class 4

Sources of International Law: Soft Law.

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

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Class 5

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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Class 6: Paper proposal due

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

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Class 7

International Organizations and Non-State Actors

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

  • DRW. 142 – 167. “International Organizations as Global Actors” from Chapter 3
  • DRW. Chapter 4, “The Challenge of Non-State Actors”. Concentrate on NGOs and Corporations

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Class 8

International Law in the Domestic Arena

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

  • DRW.Chapter 5, International Law in the Domestic Arena

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Class 9

The Reach of Domestic Law…

Course Activities: Lecture

Readings:

    • DRW. Chapter 6, The Reach of Domestic Law in the International Arena

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Class 10

Course Activities: Catching Up

Readings: SAME AS PREVIOUS DAY

 

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Class 11

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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Class 12

Civil and Political Rights

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

      • DRW. 335 – 378, from Chapter 7
      • 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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Class 13

Women’s Rights

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings:

Recommended:

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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Class 14

Genocide and Individual Accountability

Course Activities: Lecture.

Readings (in order of importance):

      • DRW. Chapter 9, pages 475 – 524

Recommended:

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Class 15

Individual Accountability; the ICC and Africa

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings (note that there are no required readings next time and some of these will be discussed in the following class):

Recommended:

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Class 16

Catch Up: ICC, Genocide

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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Class 17

The Gulf Wars and Afghanistan

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

      • DRW. 713 – 769, from Chapter 13. We will concentrate on the cases of the Iraq War and Syria.
      • DRW.820-863, from Chapter 14. We are concentrating on the case of the US War on Terror and Afghanistan.

Recommended:

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Class 18

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

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

      • DRW.Chapter 8

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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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Class 19

Global Environmental Governance; Transboundary Pollution and Environmental Harm

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

      • DRW.Chapter 10.

Recommended:

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Class 20

International Waters; the Law of the Sea

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion

Readings:

      • DRW. 603 – 625.”Nile”

Recommended:

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Class 21

Ozone; Begin Climate Change

Course Activities: Lecture/discussion.

Readings:

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Class 22

FINAL DRAFT OF PAPERS DUE

Climate Change

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

      • DRW. 651-663. “Climate Change”

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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Class 23

Governing Global Trade (I)

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

      • DRW. Chapter 12

Recommended:

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Class 24

Governing Global Trade (II)

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 25

African States in Global Governance

Course Activities: Lecture and Discussion.

Required:

Recommended:

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Class 26

Conclusion and Summary

Course Activities: Final Lecture and Exam Review

NEW Readings:

Recommended:

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end of classes

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14 December 2016. Wednesday. 9 am – 12 noon

Location: Our Classroom

FINAL EXAM

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