The development of international law closely reflects the distribution of power in the world rather than a shared commitment to the universal common good.
The 20th century, from the end of the First World War, has been an American century and although the United States are still the major power, new actors, capable and ambitious to project financial and political influence and power, have appeared on the world scene.
What will be the consequences of this growing multi-polarity and how will the international system react to the tension between the promotion of a new world order based on collective security and the rule of law and the defence of national sovereignty.
This course will discuss the impact of international politics and cooperation on the development of international law and will have a close look at the functioning of the international institutions in a 21st century world of global threats and challenges.
Study material: Frans A.M.Alting von Geusau, Western Cooperation. Origins and History. Second Revised Edition. WLP 2009. Further readings to be announced (reader to be provided).
Course dates: Tuesday 11 January to 15 March from 11:00-13:00 hrs, Campus The Hague, room SH11 (Stichthage, Campus The Hague).
Examination: Paper to be submitted on 29 March 2011.