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UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (formerly UN Security Council in the 21st Century: Operations, Impact and Reform)
J.D. Seminar 1025 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
This seminar is an introduction to the functions and operations of the UN Security Council, the only body of the United Nations capable of compelling action by a Member State. The intent of the course is to expand the student’s understanding of the strengths and limitations of the Security Council in protecting international human rights; the legal and political framework within which it operates; the practical aspects of advocating for Security Council action; and proposals for improving its operations. Students will become equipped with the analytical tools to assess if a country situation falls within the jurisdiction of the Security Council as well as understanding the complex interplay between the Council and other UN and international organizations. To help make the subject as tangible as possible, the instructor will use a variety of techniques including role-playing, case study examples, video clips, discussions, lectures, and an occasional guest speaker.
Recommended: International Law I: Introduction to International Law.
Students must register for the 3 credit section of the seminar if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. Students in the 2 credit section will write a paper.