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Fall 2017
Jul 15, 2018
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GOVT 263 - International Law
This course analyzes the concepts, structures, and political underpinnings of public international law. We will explore international law as both an "operating" system of rules and procedures for generating laws; as well as, a "normative" system for regulating the specific behaviors of nation-states. Some of the topics covered include: the sources and actors of international law; international legal institutions; the use of force; human rights law; law of the sea, cyberspace law. Beyond acquiring a thorough knowledge of the international legal system, students will also examine the political foundations upon which the system rests. Although this course is taught from the "globalist" point of view, special attention is given to the role of international law within the United States. Using the legal and political knowledge gained throughout the course reading excerpts from cases in the required textbook and briefing the cases in class, students will take two essay-type exams.

This course has been renumbered, effective Fall 2014. A student who earned credit for GOVT 403 International Law in a prior term should not enroll and cannot earn credit in this class. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Government Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/IPEC Supporting Courses, SFS/IPOL International Law, SFS/RCST Theory and Methods

Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
GOVT 403

GOVT 006 or GOVT 060

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