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Fall 2023 Course

The Power of Law: Critical Conversations

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course, co-taught by David Kennedy and Martti Koskenniemi, will consider six themes discussed in their 2023 book “Of Law and the World: Critical Conversations.”  Each theme will be considered by examining texts from social theory and legal history in light of contemporary international issues.  The themes will include:  what is critique?; what is international law?; the critical potential in historical narrative; what is the power of law?; law and hegemony; and the role of law in global political economy.

A short reflective essay will be required in lieu of an exam.

Note: This course will meet over six weeks on the following dates: September 20, 22, 27, and 29; October 11, 13, 18, and 20; and November 1, 3, 8, and10.