INTERNATIONAL LAW BEFORE AND AFTER THE COLD WAR (LAW7 618) (Seminar), Mr. Setear, Credits: 3

Prerequisite: International Law.

Can international law stop international aggression? Can international legal cooperation tie nations together economically so that war makes no sense in the first place? Rebuild nations after a war by effecting economic, political, and legal assistance? Bring to justice those nations or individuals responsible for a war or for committing war crimes?

This course addresses these questions, in three parts. First, we will examine theories of political science addressed to the issue of international cooperation, especially where international law is involved. Second, we will examine the historical role of international law in US decisions to begin or end several wars between the Revolutionary War and World War II. Third, we will examine several current uses of international law in the service of security, as in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf, or in the service of economic integration, as in the European Union and the World Trade Organization. The idea is to understand the role of international law in encouraging security-oriented and economically oriented cooperation from three different but reinforcing perspectives: abstract theory, historical analysis, and current events.

Written requirement: A substantial research paper. Those students not needing to satisfy the Writing Requirement may either write a substantial research paper or pursue analytically substantial alternatives (such as creating a Web page including substantial original and analytical content, or running a role-playing exercise centered around historical or contemporary cases involving US decision-making and international law).

Other requirements: Participation in several simulations of international politics, scattered throughout the semester during non-class times convenient for students in the seminar; and co-leadership (with at least one other student) of one class discussion late in the semester.