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International Law I: Introduction to International Law
Professor David Stewart
J.D. Course 235 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
This course deals with the nature and sources of international law and major developments in the international legal system. It considers such topics as treaties, executive agreements, and customary international law; the recognition of states and governments; jurisdiction over disputes with international elements; foreign sovereign immunity; various methods for international dispute resolution, especially courts and international arbitration; the role of international law in the U.S. legal system and the allocation of foreign affairs powers between the President and Congress; the roles and operations of the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other international and regional entities, such as the European Union and the World Trade Organization; Law of the Sea; International Criminal Law; how the international system protects (or fails to protect) human rights and the environment; and the use of force against other countries, rebellions, or terrorist groups. In addition to the above topics, Professor Weiss also discusses the roles and operations of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and she discusses how the international system protects (or fails to protect) the Law of the Sea.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and the first-year elective International Law I: Introduction to International Law.