This is a general survey course in public international law. It is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of the international legal system, including its fundamental principles and its main institutional structures and actors. Among other topics, we will study the traditional sources of international law (treaties and custom), the subjects of international law (states, international organizations, legal persons, and individuals), dispute settlement mechanisms, and jurisdiction. Against that foundation, we will study several substantive areas of international law, including the use of force, human rights, international law enforcement, and economic regulation. We also will consider how the international legal system is changing in light of globalization and the emerging post-9/11 world order. There will be some emphasis on how states (particularly the United States) incorporate international law into their domestic legal systems.
Flex exam at end of semester.
*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.