Governing the World Seminar

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1540-1740
  • WB129
01/26/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

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 Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students may satisfy course requirements either by writing a series of short response papers on class readings or by completing a longer paper presenting original research. 2L, 3L or LLM students desiring to count the long paper toward their Upper-Level Writing Requirement must submit a signed Intent Form to SRO before the deadline noted in the Enrollment Deadlines section of LawWeb.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: It is helpful for students to have taken International Law (LAW 6107), but it is not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM