IGA-105: The Politics of International Law

Semester: Not Offered

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Kathryn Sikkink


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This course starts from the assumption that increasingly policymakers need to know more about international law in order to understand and act in world politics. The central goal of the course is to familiarize students with international law and with a broad range of analytical and policy tools to enable them to think critically about the origins and impact of international law. How do we explain where particular laws and norms come from? Why do states commit to international treaties and to soft law? How do these affect the shape of global politics and the outcomes of particular events? How often do states obey or comply with international law, and why? We will also examine substantive areas of international law such as the use of force and the laws of war, human rights, environmental law, and international criminal law.

Not offered in 2014-15.




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