International Law and International Relations

Course Description

What is the character of international legal rules? Do they matter in international politics, and if so, to what degree? How effective can they really be? What should we expect from international law in shaping international relations? This seminar will provide introductory knowledge of the foundational principles and sources of public international law and a brief review of the most prominent IR-theories. Besides exploring how these theories address the role of IL in international politics, we will also consider a set of practical problems, where IL and IR intersect most dramatically, such as intervention by force, human rights, and enforcement of criminal law.

Course Details

  • Grading Basis: Letter Grade
  • Unit-Range Information: Flexible to accommodate student workload, units needed, and availability.
  • Limited Enrollment Details: The setting of this class is limited to a number of students in order to maintain the course's seminar setting with intense and lively discussions, debates, etc. Registration for this course is not finalized until confirmed by the instructor during the first week of class. All interested students (registered or not) must attend the first class meeting for an in-depth discussion of the syllabus and other course policies. At that (mandatory) meeting, a selection process will be conducted to determine final course enrollment. 
  • Intensive Studies: This course is offered as part of the International Management Intensive and must be taken for 5 units. See the Intensive Studies page for more information on how to receive an official Document of Completion.


Introduction to International Relations recommended but not required

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