International law is a vast field
permeating many other fields of law in an
increasing interconnected world. This course
introduces students to the basic tenets of public
international law, including its nature and
sources, its application in international and
national settings, and its role in settling
disputes. Subject matter areas covered will
include, among others, the interaction between
international and municipal law, the recognition
and responsibility of States, self-determination,
limits on the use of force, international courts
and organizations, and the law of the sea and
other common spaces. Students will develop the
ability to analyze contemporary world events and
how international law might apply to these
situations, ranging from global environmental
problems and human rights abuses to armed conflict
and international crimes. This course will provide
a solid foundation for those wishing to study
international law in greater depth and pursue
courses and careers in related fields.