Studies in Public International Law
501 - Fall - 2002
Four major developments in the 20th
century have affected the structure and practice of international law
The end of the colonial era - creating a large
number of new sovereign nations and creating a division between
developed and developing countries
WWII - accelerated end of colonialism, brought
war crimes and crimes against humanity to attention of international
community, began the atomic age
The rise and fall of the Soviet Union - the Cold
War and its demise
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the
WTC in New York City, USA - highlighted the globalization of power
outside the traditional sovereign states
The Webpage for this class (www.hot.ee/lawprof)
includes this course syllabus, course
schedule, assignments, readings, and supplemental
materials for the course. It is the responsibility of all students
to check this Webpage every week before class, as assignments may
be posted on the Webpage, but not given during class meetings.
Reading will be available in the bookstore,
on the Internet or on the Webpage. This class requires a significant
amount of self-motivated research and study and writing. The student
will be expected to find all sources of materials related to her/his
topic. Though the Internet may have information, the student is expected
to read scholarly work in current journals and law reviews that will
need to be found at libraries around the region.
This is a graduate level class. The expectations of this class are
significantly higher that those of undergraduate classes. Students
will be expected to do all readings and participate in the class discussions.
Absences will greatly affect the final grade. Excuses of any kind,
including outside employment, will not be accepted. The ability to
write well is assumed and the written work will be graded in accordance
with expectations of a student completing his/her LLM. If the LLM
students feel that their writing is not up to the requisite level
for writing at the graduate school level, it is highly recommended
that those students take the graduate level writing class.
Participation and Daily work (20%)
Failure to participate in class discussions,
failure to share research results and failure to aid the class in
its understanding of the student’s field of research will
lower the participation grade.
Participation and daily work will
include, inter alia:
- Participation in class discussions, which will
require that students:
have a good understanding
of international law. It may be necessary for students to
review the issues of international law by taking a look at
textbooks on international law, international human rights
law, international environmental law, etc. Then, review treaties,
cases and scholarly writings on:
Treaties and conventions
(UN, WTO etc.)
(ICJ, ICC, the international criminal tribunals)
self-determination, nation-states, etc.
become a resident scholar/expert
in one field.
Type all assignments, 1.5 spaced,
unless instructed otherwise. Assignments are due at the beginning
of class on the date assigned, unless instructed otherwise. Daily
assignments cannot be emailed! They must be handed in personally
in class. Late assignments will not be accepted. Work not
handed in will result in a 0 grade for that assignment. No
exceptions, medical or otherwise.
Research paper (50%) One 12 –
15 page research paper. Same guidelines as essays.
If you are confused about a grade
received, please make an appointment and come and see me. I enjoy
meeting with students. This is a good time to learn, to understand
the law and your subject better. Use this time to learn how to better
take the next exam. When you come to discuss grades, I expect you
to be respectful and to listen attentively to my remarks. In addition,
once I have discussed your exam, re-examined your grade and given
you my decision on whether or not I will change your grade, I expect
you to respond professionally and accept my decision without complaint.
I will automatically correct any mathematical errors I have made.
Other than that, generally I do not like to change grades. Grading
is a time-consuming and difficult process. The only fair way to
do grading is to grade in the context of each class. I look for
a fair overall grade distribution and follow the rank of each student
within the class in awarding the final grade.
I seldom give incompletes - for any
reason. Plan your time well. If you feel that you will not be able
to complete the work as assigned, be sure to withdraw from the class
before the withdrawal deadline.
THE HONOR CODE
policy on academic honesty will be strictly enforced. In addition,
the honor code
for this class shall also apply. Any violation of the latter will
be treated as cheating, and will result in a 0 grade for that work.
In addition, it will result in a 30% reduction of your final grade.
A second case of cheating will result in a 0 in your final grade.
Any instance of cheating will be reported to the Dean of the law faculty.
Any instance of cheating will result in placing your name on the faculty
list of offenders. Repeated infringements of the honor code, within
this class or between classes, will be sanctioned by suspension or
dismissal from the University. No exceptions, no excuses.