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IR546 – International Law

1.  Course Number:              IR 546             Credits: 3       Contact hours: 45

2.  Course Title:                     International Law

3.  Pre-requisites:                   Graduate standing

4.  Course Description:

Concept of international law, the sources of international law, and the force and effectiveness of international law.  Focuses on a limited number of problems which illustrate the role of international law in contemporary international society.

5. Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should:

  • Have knowledge of sources of international law
  • Understand the functions of international law organizations
  • Understand the effectiveness of international law

6.  Basic Texts:

Cassese, Antonio, International Law, 2nd ed.,OxfordUniversity Press, 2005. ISBN 0199259399

7.  Additional Reading: 

Library and research as assigned by the instructor.

8.  Grading:               

Class Participation                                          10%

Research Paper                                                20%

Oral Presentation of Research Paper              35%

Final Examination                                           35%

 

9.  Additional Information:

Mode of delivery: Classroom Instruction: Individual Responses, Partner Activities, Group Activities, Oral Presentations, Lectures/Discussions, Exams, Quizzes, and Homework.  See addendum for specific details.

 

10.  Course Outline:

Topics Covered                                                                                        Academic Hours

 

 

Introduction to the concept of International Law

3

History of international law

3

Anatomy of international legal systems

2

Sources of International Law

Treaties and custom

General principles of law and judicial decisions

Other sources of international law

2

2

2

Diplomacy and international law and organizations

Recognition of Governments and States

Jurisdiction

State Responsibility

1

3

3

Midterm Examination

1

International Law and human rights

Socio-political justice

Minorities and individual rights

Terrorism

3

1

1

International Law prevention of war and violence

The vital perspective

Case studies

3

3

International law of the sea

3

Effectiveness of International Law

The “reality” of international law

The Nuremburg Judgment:  a specific application

Impact of international law on national law

2

1

3

Review and Final Examination

3

 

TOTAL                                                                                                            45

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