Colloquium in Transnational Law



SLN #: 86623
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 020
Credit Hours: 1
Instructor(s): Dickinson;Rothenberg

Course Description:
In this course, students will examine current topics in international and transnational law. During the first two sessions of the course, students will be introduced to the principal theoretical frameworks for studying international and transnational law, including realism, constructivism, the New Haven School, and transnational legal process. Students will then investigate the way in which scholars have used these frameworks to examine certain core issues in the field, including compliance, the relationship between liberty and security, efforts to promote the rule of law in developing countries, and attempts to foster accountability and reconciliation in post-conflict settings.

For many of the sessions, an outside speaker will present a paper to the group (as well as other interested faculty) for an hour-and-a-half. Other class sessions will be one hour long.

Each student will be responsible for writing three 5-page reaction papers. Students may not miss more than two course sessions.

Class meeting dates and times:
Sep. 7 4:30-6:00 Overview of key themes in international law – part I
Sep. 14 4:30-6:00 Overview of key themes in international law – part I
Sep. 21 4:30-6:00 TBD
Oct. 4 12:00-1:30 Angel Oquendo – attend one of the Oquendo events
Oct. 4 5:00-6:30 Angel Oquendo – attend one of the Oquendo events
Oct. 12 4:30-6:00 Discussion
Oct. 19 4:30-6:00 David Androff
Oct. 27 12:00-1:30 Greg Schaffer
Nov. 2 4:30-6:00 Margaret Walker
Nov. 9 4:30-6:00 Discussion
Nov. 12 12:00-1:30 Rosa Brooks


Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 1
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
Written Assignment: Yes, see course description
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Prerequisite: Any of the basic courses in international law (including public international law, international human rights law, international business transactions, or international institutions) or comparable background.
Limited Enrollment Number: 18
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes, see course description
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes, see course description
Online Course Site: None