International Studies | Topic: Globalization & International Law
I300 | 27821 | Winchester/Lope-Sola


Powerful forces such as the global impact of new information
technologies, the approach to the limits of global environmental
sustainability, the movement towards an integrated global market,
and the challenge to state sovereignty are converging to produce
revolutionary change on a global scale.  This convergence is
sometimes referred to as globalization.  As a process that expands
and intensifies interactions between disparate peoples, their
commerce, and their ideas, it is not new, but the process of
globalization that we are witnessing today is fundamentally
different  the scale and reach are greatly expanded and the speed
is accelerated.

The evolving role of international law from diplomatic protection to
the law of treaties to humanitarian law to the International
Criminal Court, among others, has had a profound impact on
globalization.

This course will focus on the intersection of globalization and
international law and the changing nature of the nation-state
system.  We will examine how the principles of international law and
the creation of international norms impact the international
responsibility of states and the various aspects of globalization.

The instructors of record are N. Brian Winchester, Director of the
Center for the Study of Global Change, and Maria Lope Sola, an
international lawyer who has practiced law in Spain, worked for the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and has taught
International Public Law in Central Asia and at Indiana University.

The class will meet twice each week, 9:30  10:45 a.m. in the
seminar room of the Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N.
Indiana Avenue (corner of 6th and Indiana, across from Dunn
Meadow).  Students are expected to attend every class and
participate actively.  The final grade will be based on a short
critical evaluative paper, an exam, and one student-authored
Opinion/Editorial piece, each of which will constitute 1/3 of the
grade.