The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the pillars of the international legal order, followed by a survey of the major subfields within international law. The topics to be covered include: the sources of international law; its application in national courts; leading international law decisions; the subject areas covered by it; the recognition of states and governments; treaties and other international acts; the acquisition of territory and the nature of territorial rights; the question of nationality; state responsibility and international claims; international and domestic human rights; the regulation of violence; humanitarian intervention and the use of force; international courts and legal institutions and organizations.
John H. Currie, Craig Forcese, Joanna Harrington & Valerie Oosterveld, International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory, 2d ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014).
Format and Requirements
Research essay, mid-term test, short written reflection piece, class participation, and a final examination.
POL208Y1 or POL208Y5 or (POLB80H3 and POLB81H3)