International Law and Global Governance: Contemporary Challenges

Global governance through international law is built on a key commitment to law and to legal institutions as a means of addressing the shared challenges of the international community. International law offers wide-ranging tools for global governance, including: definitions, frames, standards, policy guidance, collective decision-making, interpretive and adjudicative institutions, and dispute settlement. Global governance through international law is a dynamic field. Indeed, whether law as such or our existing legal regimes are adequate tools with which to address the challenges of global governance are hotly debated.

Building on the core introductory course on International Law, International Law and Global Governance: Contemporary Challenges covers both the grand debates about the utility of international law and issue-specific challenges to existing international legal regimes. This includes debates on contemporary challenges in international environmental law, challenges to the 1951 refugee law regime, debates around investment, trade and human rights law, the responsibilities of bystanders in international law and regulations of corporations under international law.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.

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