300 - 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.
Malanczuk: Akehurst´s Modern
Introduction to International Law, 7th ed., Routledge, 1997
Throughout the term, additional handouts
will be given to you or you may be required to buy handouts at the
bookstore. You may also be expected to download materials off the
internet to be used in class. See the Course
Schedule for specific assignments.
Daily work (25%)
· reading and outlines of readings
· short essays
· pop quizzes
· group work
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.
- The content of this group project will be announced after
the first exam. The group project will make up a large percentage
of the daily work grade. The research, group work, final brief and
oral presentation will be given points. Individuals who have not
participated fully in their group, and in the project, will receive
fewer points. Leaders and full participants in each group may receive
higher points. Adherence to timelines will be considered in evaluating
a group’s work. Guidelines on the project will be given in
class. Points for the group project will awarded as follows: research
(25%), presentation (25%), final brief (50%).
There will be 3 exams. You will be
able to choose the best results of 2 out of 3 exams for your exam
grade. Exams will be primarily in the form of essays. You will be
given notice of when the exams will be held. All exams in this class
will be closed book and without notes. If you miss an exam, you
will receive a 0 grade for that exam. No exceptions.
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.
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