This course is an introduction to international law specifically tailored for students of political science and international relations. The first part of the course will outline the development of international law and its historic functions in regulating relations between different states and peoples. We will examine the constitutive role played by international law in the development of states and empires, as well as its emergence as the modern discipline we know in the late nineteenth century. Having established the context in which contemporary international law emerged and grappled with some of the contradictions it inherited, the second part of the course will then turn to the role that international law has played and continues to play in our current world. Using a few landmark cases as our anchor, we will examine some of the main political issues that have brought international law to the forefront of international relations studies, including human rights, terrorism, humanitarian intervention, corporate crime, and climate change.
Mode of Instruction:
The reading list and the course syllabus will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the course
First opportunity for a written exam: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 09.00-12.00 at the USC
Second opportunity for a written exam: Tuesday 19 June 2018, 09.00-12.00 at the USC