Public International Law and Domestic Implementation
This course aims to provide students with an overview of the politics, rules and institutions of public international law, and its implementation in practice. The course does not require students to have prior knowledge of the study of law. After a general introduction to the history and contours of international law, students will explore several in-depth case studies of ‘real world’ issues, the international laws and institutions developed to address them, and the operation of those regimes in practice. In exploring these case studies, particular emphasis will be placed on the practical implementation of international laws, on comparing differing approaches to such implementation, and on the comparative successes and limitations of the international legal response to fundamental issues of global concern such as the use of force, regulation of the seas, climate change, trade, human rights and the war on terror.