Credits: 3


International Law and the UN introduce students to the ways in which international law interacts with international politics. The course examines the origin, design, use, and consequences of international law for a wide range of actors in world politics. The main focus of the course, however, is on the United Nations, and more specifically, the role of the United Nations in the development and maintaining of the international legal order. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to evaluating both the logic and evidence supporting various theories of commitments and compliance with international law, thereby strengthening the students understanding of state policy decisions in the international arena. Furthermore, students will examine the role of the UN and its specific mechanisms in the formation, operation, and enforcement of international law across a variety of substantive issues, including human rights, armed conflict, and the fight against terrorism, environmental issues and economic affairs. Hence, this course is relevant and pivotal to both components of the MA Program in Political Science. This course is unique as it offers a combination of theoretical approaches for a broader understanding of the international legal order, combined with research and practice in the involvement of the UN in addressing current and future issues in world politics.

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