Public Int'l Law



SLN #: 26727
Course Prefix: LAW-615
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Kittrie

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to public international law, which is the law governing the conduct of nations and of international organizations, both with respect to each other and with respect to persons. Public international law is extremely important in this era of globalization, when rapid travel, international trade and the internet mean that a terrorist, criminal or disease anywhere on earth can quickly affect people everywhere on earth.

The course will examine a variety of very interesting and timely issues, such as how international disputes are resolved (including peace treaties and their negotiation); the international law governing treatment of investments by another country's citizens; the rights of ethnic and religious minorities under international law; the UN Security Council and its authority to impose sanctions; international law and multinational corporations; lawsuits against foreign countries in U.S. courts for human rights violations overseas; the laws governing weapons of mass destruction (such as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty); the relevance of international and foreign law in US courts; and international human rights law (such as prohibitions on genocide, their violation in places like Rwanda and Darfur, and what the international community can and should do about such human rights violations).

The course will draw on Professor Kittrie's over ten years of experience at the United States Department of State, which included negotiating nuclear nonproliferation agreements between the United States and Russia; fighting corruption, cybercrime and other crimes overseas; and helping impose and implement embargoes on terrorist-supporting and other rogue regimes, including Rwanda during the genocide.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Perhaps
Participation Points: 10%
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Per policy a student may be withdrawn for excessive absence (Section IV. E)
Online Course Site: Blackboard