Case Studies in Public International Law

ILAW 501 - Fall - 2002

Course Schedule

This is the current outline of upcoming classes and assignments for Case Studies in Public International Law (Fall 2002).  The professor reserves the right to change the schedule depending on the needs of the class.  This page should be checked every week, prior to coming to class, as assignments may be posted on the Webpage, but not given during class meetings. The For Your Information items (FYI - shown in yellow) are sources of support information, but are not required reading. The items in green indicate items that have changed since the last posting.

Ongoing Daily Assignment

Daily Assignment – Students are responsible to keep up-to-date on current events related to international public law.  Surprise quizzes may be given at anytime on public international law issues in the news.  To keep up-to-date, it is the students’ responsibility to check at least one online news  source every week.  Suggested news sources can be found in the Links to News Sites page.

Note: September 28, 2002 - Change in grading criteria. Essays = 15%: Students will write 2 essays. The essay with the highest grade will count as 15% of the final grade. Presentation = 15%: The grade for the presentation will be determined by a class evaluation [50%] and by professor evalution [50%]. Final research paper = 50%. Participation = 20%.



Reading Assignments

Other Assignments

Thursday, September 12

Orientation; Syllabus (W), (H)

Video: West Wing Episodes 1 and 2

Discussion of West Wing videos


West Wing Study Guide (W), (H)

Topics and Field of Inquiry

Thursday, September 19

The United States of America - ultimate power and ultimate vulnerability and the "Bush Doctrine"

Nye, "The New Rome Meets the New Barbarians," The Economist, March 21, 2002 (W)

Present at the Creation, The Economist (June 27, 2002) American opportunity and motivation to reshape the world as an "integrationist"

U.S. President Bush, Speeches: September 20, 2001 & June 1, 2002 (W)

Rumsfield, Transforming the Military," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2002 (B)

Begin research of your field of inquiry.

Research and answer the questions in - Questions on Globalization and the Nation State. Hand in your answers typed, with sources in footnotes.

Bring in your signed "Promise to Achieve Excellence."

Be ready to discuss current news events.

Thursday, September 26

Collapse of the Soviet Union and the new World Order

Francis Fukuyama, The End of History? The National Interest (Summer 1989)

Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations? FOreign Affairs (Summer 1993)

Essay compare/analyze Fukuyama and Huntington

Be ready to discuss current news events.

Guy Verhofstadt, The Paradox of Anti-globalisation 9-01

Thursday, October 3

The rise of a global society

Jessica T. Mathews, Power Shift, Foreign Affairs (January/February 1997)

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Real New World Order (pdf), FOreign Affairs, vol. 76, no. 5, (Sept/Oct 1997)

Be ready to discuss current news events.

Answer questions:1. What is the thesis of each essay? 2. Is the author's approach to the thesis philosophical, historical, political, legal?

Develop 5 or more analytical questions about each essay.

"Do developing countries gain or lose when their brightest talents go abroad?" (The Economist, Sept. 26, 2002)

"Over 600 Arrested in D.C. Protests" (A.P., Sept. 27, 2002); "2002 Annual Meetings: International Monetary Fund
World Bank Group"
(Sept. 29, 2002)

Crime gang closes Rio stores, schools (AP Sept. 2002)


Thursday, October 10

General Principles of International law and  the winds of change

Antonio Cassese, "The Fundamental Principles Governing International Relations" International Law, (2001) (B)

Antonio Cassese, Terrorism is also Disrupting Some Crucial Legal Categories of International Law, European Journal of International Law, (2001)

Richard Falk, Re-framing the Legal Agenda of World Order in the Course of a Turbulent Century, Princeton University.

Be ready to discuss current news events.

Reminder: Begin research on your area of inquiry. You will need to focus on: The theme
of this year's class is "With the Collapse of the Soviet Union and the World Trade Center what changes can be expected or are needed in international law to contend with a uni-polar superpower (the United States) and the globalization of military threats?"
Focus on specific international law issues impacted by the changes brought on by the events of December 1991 and September 2001.

Thursday, October 17

Movie night at Professor Fitzmahan's

Globalization of crime, terrorism

Thursday, October 24 NATO - Presentation by Mette Prassé Hartov, Adviser, Estonian Ministry of Defence and Tomas Jermalavicius from the Baltic Defence College    
Thursday, October 31 NO CLASS - fall break    
Thursday, November 7 VILMA GABALYTE - Presentation: Sovereignty, rule of non-interference Giovanni Arrighi, "Globalization, State Sovereignty and the 'Endless' Accumulation of Capital," 1997 Essay due: compare/ analyze Mathews and Slaughter
Thursday, November 14 MAIJA BISOFA and AGNIS DRIKSNA - Presentation: Prohibition of the threat or use of force, collective security, humanitarian intervention, exceptions and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.    
Thursday, November 21 OLEYSA ZAHARCENKO, ANNA IVASCENKO and VLADIMIRSADEKOV- Presentation on International Crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture) and defenses    
Thursday, November 28 MEELI KAUR - Presentation on Crimes of Globalization (drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption, arms dealing)  



Thursday, December 5 W.L.SIMPSON - Presentation on transnational cooperation (terrorism, extradition, Vienna Convention)    
Thursday, December 12 ANTON KOSSINOV, ANDREW SILD, SAULE REITEL - Presentation on Islam and the World, Narrowing the gap between North and South.   FINAL PAPER DUE!
Readings Key:  (T) = Text; (B) = Materials from the bookstore; (W) = Webpage; (H) = Handed out in class; Overhead (O)

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Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.

Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)

Professor Maureen B. Fitzmahan

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