Research Seminar "International Law and Introduction to Legal Research"
- To provide an introduction to the field and principal issues of international law and institutions, examining the histories and theories of international law, economics, and politics.
- To scrutinize the legal personality and political powers of international institutions in relation to the participation of individual state members and other extralegal developments.
- Students are introduced to the concepts of statehood and self-determination in international law
- Students are introduced to concept of human rights in international law
- Class participationBeing part of the general class conversation; the course schedule indicates specific questions that will be addressed in class; students should be prepared to discuss them and to be cold-called.
- Group Project and PresentationEach student will work with a small team (ideally 5 members) to construct an “interactive learning tool” of its choosing. The purpose of this exercise is to work with others to create a fun, innovative and creative means of exploring a topic at the intersection of energy and international politics and security. While the course will cover a wide range of topics, it cannot cover every topic, and this assignment will give teams ownership over what they learn and the opportunity to share their findings with classmates in a format that they think would help them best grasp the chosen topic. Some of the teaching tools used throughout the semester will help teams envision what their group project might be; they might consider writing a case study, creating a simulation or negotiation, or devising a game on or off line. Teams are really only limited by their imagination as to what they might do and creativity is encouraged! Teams will be given a list of possible topics to explore that have not been examined in depth in class. Group projects will be graded on the quality of research and the quality of the final product as a learning tool. Those whose projects are selected for use at the end of the semester will receive extra credit.
- Final PaperStudents will write a 4000 word research paper on the topic of their own choosing.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.2 * Class participation + 0.5 * Final Paper + 0.3 * Group Project and Presentation
- Carty, A. (2007). Philosophy of International Law. Edinburgh University Press.
- Cotterrell, R. (2012). What Is Transnational Law? Law & Social Inquiry, 37(2), 500–524. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-4469.2012.01306.x
- Shaw, M. N. (2003). International Law (Vol. 5th ed). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=125137
- Piiparinen, T., & Klabbers, J. (2013). Normative Pluralism and International Law : Exploring Global Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=574859