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Winter 2012 Class Descriptions

As of 6/24/2018 5:52:32 AM

Impact of Hum Rts on Int Law

The Impact of Human Rights on International Law

The efforts to protect human rights by means of international law

are no less than revolutionary. They have turned states' insides

out in an almost literal sense: The ways in which states treat

their own nationals used to be the very core of "domestic

jurisdiction" in which no foreign state or international

organization was allowed to intervene.But over the last 50 years or

so the relationship between governments and the people under their

authority has turned into a subject of international (also:legal)

concern, ranging from laying down human rights obligations in

treties, the discussion of human rights matters in international

bodies and conferences, public censure and condemnation, the

international "mobilization of shame", to judgments of human rights

courts and sanctions against persistent violators. This development

has had a profound impact not only on international politics but

also on general international law - a body of principles, rules and

procedures traditionally developed to cope with tasks and

challenges arising at the level of inter-state (inter-sovereign)


The Seminar will analyze in depth the ways in which this

development has manifested itself - and the difficulties to which

it has led - in the most important fields of international law:

international legal personality, the sources of international law,

the law of treaties, state responsibility, jurisdictional

immunities of states, the use of force, and the activities of

international 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.

2.00 hours