International Law: Fact or Fiction?

This course will consider crucial questions about the potential extension of the rule of law, which has brought a degree of peace to many domestic societies, to the global arena to make the international system more stable. Through lectures, guest speakers, and site visits, this course will encourage students to consider and engage diverse perspectives on international law, international relations, and human nature. Similarly, through critical reading and discussion of key segments of selected international legal documents, such as the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Conventions on Genocide and the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women, this course will help students further develop their analytical thinking. We will explore the global challenges that these international laws seek to address and consider how effective the laws have been and what could strengthen them. Through reflective writing, simulations, class discussion, and co-curriculars, this course will promote students’ integrative learning and their ability to persuasively communicate their perspectives.

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