This class will introduce students to the fundamental processes, structures, and regimes of international law. We will explore how international law is made through treaties, custom, and other processes; the rules by which it allows various actors (e.g., states, NGOs, international organizations, and corporations) to participate in international affairs; basic rules on how states can apply their laws beyond their borders; rules governing common areas like the oceans; the core of human rights law; and rules regulating a state's use of force. Each topic will be discussed through examination of a real ongoing or recent incident, controversy, or conflict. Students will be encouraged to think about how law can be made, enforced, and interpreted in an environment lacking a single legislature, executive, or judiciary. Like transnational law, this course will prove highly useful to preparing students for more specialized courses in international law.
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