Geopolitics, Law, and the World Economy

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /16
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


0920-1120 WB114

Course Description

The past decade has witnessed rising geopolitical tensions, sometimes bursting into open conflict, across much of the globe. This so-called “return of geopolitics” challenges the foundations of the integrated world economy that has emerged since World War II. As states become wary of interdependence and great powers deploy their economic might to advance geopolitical aims, can the international legal regimes that govern international trade, investment, and finance survive? How can they adapt? This seminar will explore these questions through a selection of case studies, including economic sanctions around the Ukraine war; U.S.-China tensions on semiconductors, artificial intelligence and other critical technologies; strategic uses of loans and trade agreements (e.g., China’s Belt and Road initiative and U.S. trade negotiations in Asia); the WTO’s security exception to global trade rules; and challenges to the U.S. dollar’s role in international trade and finance.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be expected to write a series of response papers on class readings (due directly to the instructor not via EXPO). In the alternative, 2L, 3L or LLM students desiring to fulfill the Upper-Level Writing Requirement may, with the instructor’s permission, write a longer paper presenting original research. Students seeking to augment a paper in this class for their upper-level writing requirement must submit a "special request" form to SRO (available via LawWeb) by Feb. 25, 2025. The paper is due via EXPO by noon on May 8, 2025.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125218819

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: International and Comparative

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