ILO L220 International Law and Organization Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Fall semester 2006 Wednesdays 5. Office hours: Wednesdays 2 – 4 p. This course provides an introduction to the field of international law and organization, examining the history of ideas, legal doctrines, institutional and readings in american politics analysis and perspectives 3rd edition pdf structures developed over the last century to organize and legalize international economic and political life.
We will examine the United Nations system, situating it in relationship to the broader institutional structures of public international law and regulation, private ordering and multinational enterprise, non-governmental organization and transnational judicial cooperation. We will approach the organization and institutionalization of global society from the viewpoint of law, rather than political science. The assigned readings will focus on various ways to think about the legal organization of global order, and on the history of legal efforts to organize and institutionalize international affairs. This course will require three 500 word papers and one 2,000 word final exam essay. The exam question will be handed out in the last class, and students will have until the end of the exam period to write the exam. During that time, you may speak with one another or anyone else, so long as you are confident the essay you write is your own work product.
One half of the grade will be based on this take home exam-essay. The other half will be the average of three 500 word essays. Each should comment on the readings for one assignment. Students should select three of the assignments and write a two-page essay reflecting on the readings. One paper must concern an assignment considered during September, one must concern an assignment considered during October, and one must concern an assignment considered during November or December.
You may wish to purchase the following books, all of which are available at the bookstore. This is a straightforward college text about the UN, offering basic information and a generally conventional and upbeat assessment of the UN system. If you are interested in the legal issues raised by the course, you should own one of them, at least, and consult it in preparing for each day’s topic. Note: the Sands volume is more up to date than the Kirgis volume. This will be the main text for the final section of the course.
An excellent overview of corporate law from a progressive left standpoint. This course normally serves as an introduction to the field of international organization at Fletcher. A great deal of theoretical and descriptive literature about international institutions has been generated by scholars in American political science departments whose theoretical orientation is to the various debates within this academic subfield. Those interested in pursuing this approach to the materials might begin by consulting the following edited collections of articles, all of which are on reserve at the library. By reading in these four collections, you can get a pretty good sense for the kinds of things American political science has to offer the study of international organization. You should read them before class. Klein or Kirgis to see if there is material relevant for that topic.
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We will cover one topic per week. A, and the second hour to B. 1993, preface and table of contents. David Kennedy: Charts of the History of International Law and Organization. Kirgis or Sands to see what might be relevant. For example, for today, you might want to look at WFC table of contents, introduction and the various prefaces.
Kirgis is in the assigned materials. 67 note 5 and pages 68-77. Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice. Author’s summary and pages 1-13.