The Impact of Human Rights on International LawThe efforts to protect human rights by means of international laware no less than revolutionary. They have turned states' insidesout in an almost literal sense: The ways in which states treattheir own nationals used to be the very core of "domesticjurisdiction" in which no foreign state or internationalorganization was allowed to intervene.But over the last 50 years orso the relationship between governments and the people under theirauthority has turned into a subject of international (also:legal)concern, ranging from laying down human rights obligations intreties, the discussion of human rights matters in internationalbodies and conferences, public censure and condemnation, theinternational "mobilization of shame", to judgments of human rightscourts and sanctions against persistent violators. This developmenthas had a profound impact not only on international politics butalso on general international law - a body of principles, rules andprocedures traditionally developed to cope with tasks andchallenges arising at the level of inter-state (inter-sovereign)relations. The Seminar will analyze in depth the ways in which thisdevelopment has manifested itself - and the difficulties to whichit has led - in the most important fields of international law:international legal personality, the sources of international law,the law of treaties, state responsibility, jurisdictionalimmunities of states, the use of force, and the activities ofinternational courts and tribunals.The Seminar will be offered for two credits, with an option of one additional credit point to be acquired by students enrolling in the #800 Seminar Supplement course and writing a more comprehensive paper. Participants must have attended at least one of the following three courses: 606 Transnational Law; 689 Leading Cases in International Law; or 605 Advanced Transnational Law.
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