Political Science | International Law
Y367 | 3377 | McGinnis

	This is an exciting time to study international law, a subject
which, until recently, was frankly pretty dry and arcane. But now it is
suddenly fashionable to use war crimes trials to hold heads of state and
military officials personally accountable for their actions, and efforts to
protect the global environment have become complexly intertwined with trade
disputes. This course introduces students to international law as an
increasingly important aspect of international relations and public policy.
Focus will be on the politics of international law, not its status as a
legal specialization. Because international law is in such a state of flux,
this course will emphasize ongoing or recent controversies. Groups of
students will research specific issues, write up a group report, and make a
presentation to the rest of the class. Topics will be based on student
interest and intrinsic importance, and may include particular war crimes
tribunals, peacekeeping operations, refugee rights, human rights violations,
trade disputes, environmental protection, election monitoring, and
international cooperation to fight terrorism or drugs. A common set of
readings on international institutions and theoretical concepts will help
students get started on their projects. We will also have a midterm and
final exam.