Governing the World Seminar

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/16
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 WB129

Course Description

This seminar will examine the role of international law and legal institutions in addressing policy concerns that transcend the boundaries of individual states. It will take a historical and theoretical perspective, asking questions such as: What distinguishes law and legal institutions from other forms of international cooperation? In the absence of centralized enforcement, what role can the law play in addressing common concerns? In what circumstances, if any, can it be successful? How does international law relate to the broader international political environment? Topics will include the origins of European international law in the early modern era; the creation and functioning of collective security institutions in the twentieth century; the post-World War II rise of specialized international regimes in areas such as trade, human rights, and health; and global cooperation in areas that lack precise rules, such as macroeconomic policy. Theoretical perspectives will be drawn from jurisprudence, international relations theory, and political philosophy.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students are expected to write a series of short response papers on class readings. In the alternative, 2L, 3L or LLM students desiring to fulfill their Upper-Level Writing Requirement may, with the instructor’s permission, write a longer paper presenting original research. These students must submit a signed e-form (available via LawWeb) to SRO by October 3rd.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: It is helpful for students to have taken International Law (LAW 6107), but it is not required. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: No

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.: 123820647

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: International and National Security Law

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Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 08, 11:59 PM

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