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Spring 2025 Course

Public International Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home

This is an introductory course to international law, with a focus on public international law. The first part of the course examines the nature, sources, and methods of international law. Topics covered include the doctrine of sources, international responsibility, the resolution of international disputes, subjects of international law, international institutions, and the interaction between domestic and international law. The second part of the course offers a brief introduction to specialized fields of international law chosen based on student interest and current events. In the past, subjects covered have included the law of armed conflict, international human rights, international investment law, and international environmental law. As we review these aspects of international law, we will pay special attention to the role of legal theory in the development of contemporary international law and historical challenges to the international legal order.