University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Public International Law

This course is designed to cover the main aspects of public international law and the international legal system. We will discuss a range of topics to learn how international law, norms and processes interact with states, organizations and individuals. Subjects include the sources of international law, how it is created and applied, who are the main actors in international legal processes and how these are changing in today's globalized world, the interaction of international law and domestic law, international jurisdiction, the growing area of individual rights and obligations in the international arena affecting human rights, the conduct of states and officials in war and conflict situations, and how international law and institutions relate to development, the environment, trade and peace and security.



COURSE MATERIALS. The main text for the course is listed below. Supplemental materials will also be assigned. Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Steven R. Ratner, and David Wippman, eds., INTERNATIONAL LAW: NORMS, ACTORS, PROCESS (3rd ed., Aspen Publishers, 2010)



COURSE REQUIREMENTS. The reading assignments will be listed in the syllabus. While the intent is to cover approximately one assignment per class meeting, this may be modified to fit the pace of class discussions. The readings will be analyzed in class through a combination of lectures and discussion. Regular attendance and active participation in class sessions are expected.



Students may write an intensive research paper in lieu of a final exam.

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