International law

This foundational course aims to equip students with a basic understanding of the origins, principles, institutions and implementation of International Law in an increasingly complex world where the boundaries between law and politics are getting ever more obscure. The course will provide a theoretical and practical understanding of international law based on text readings and case analyses. The first few weeks of the course will be devoted to a discussion of the sources of international law, hierarchy of norms and the enforcement of international law. With this foundation, we will then spend the remaining part of the course studying how these principles and mechanisms are put into practice in international trade law, international human rights law, refugee law, international criminal law, international environmental law, the use of force and humanitarian intervention. The course is organized as two sessions per week; the first session will be instruction heavy while in the second we will have class discussion of the materials we will have covered in the previous class. Students will be asked to do group presentations on concrete cases and lead class discussions.