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Fall 2015-2016
WWS 420 / POL 444 (SA)   na, npdf

International Institutions and Law

Robert O. Keohane


This course will focus on the continual tension between international law and international politics. It will examine the impact of tension on issues of intervention and other issues of substantive importance, including environmental protection, trade, human rights, laws of war applicable to the "war on terror," and crimes of state. It will discuss recent developments affecting international institutions and recent changes in international law, such as the changing conception of "sovereignty." The principal course objective is to help students learn how to do original research and analysis on issues related to international politics and law.

Sample reading list:
Stephen D. Krasner, Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy
Gary Jonathan Bass, Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes
Beth Simmons, Mobilizing for Human Rights
Page Fortna, Does Peacekeeping Work?
Walter Mattli and Ngaire Woods, The Politics of Global Regulation

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each student will be part of a three-person task force that will be responsible for preparing substantial thematic papers for the seminar (30-50 pp. single spaced) and commenting on the thematic papers of other groups. Each students will also write a term paper of not more than 5,000 words. Professor Keohane will give some lectures, especially early in the term and will lead discussions. He will also read all student papers

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Lab Reports - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
POL 240 or its equivalent is required. Students must write a 3-paragraph application of not more than 500 words, discussing educational background relevant to the issue of international institutions and law, what the student hopes to learn from the course, and any career aspirations relevant to the topic. Applications submitted to the Undergraduate Program Office, 114 Robertson Hall, no later than 4PM Thursday April 23 will receive preference..

Other information:
This is the last year in which Professor Keohane will teach this seminar; sophomores are encouraged to consider this fact.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21040 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:14 Limit:15