Contemporary Practice of the US Relating to International Law (YR-Fall) (Zoom-only Class)

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/6
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • F
  • 0930-1030
  • WWW
08/28/2020 11/20/2020

Course Description

In this year-long course, students will assist the instructor in producing the “Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law” (CPUS) section of the American Journal of International Law, the preeminent peer-reviewed international law journal. Students will track current developments in U.S. practice related to international law, foreign relations, and national security, and class discussions will focus on these current events.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will assist the instructor in drafting short essays that analyze and contextualize current developments (deadlines to be announced). Essays may focus on, for example, domestic and international litigation, uses of force, the making or terminating of international agreements, and U.S. policy with respect to international organizations. Examples of recent CPUS sections are available at

Other Work
Students will be required to track current developments in U.S. practice related to international law, foreign relations, and national security, and class discussions will focus on these current events. Details and deadlines to be announced.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent courses in U.S. constitutional law, international law, or national security law would be helpful, but they are not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date. Interested students should send an email attaching a resume and explaining in a paragraph or two (1) their reasons for wanting to take the course, (2) relevant courses they have already taken or will take concurrently, and (3) a preliminary list of subjects on which they would be interested in focusing (e.g., international trade, use of force, etc.). Applications should be emailed to Prof. Eichensehr (deadline to be announced). Admitted students will be notified of acceptance, and SRO will enroll selected students. CREDITS/GRADING BASIS: the fall half of this course will earn 1 credit and will be graded on a Credit/No Credit grading basis. The spring half of this course will earn 2 credits and be graded on a letter-graded basis.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 10, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Thursday, November 26, 11:59 PM