International Law

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Wilder
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 1 - Bergen - Thursday, 17 July | Norway Download Syllabus

This course is an introduction to International Law. We cover its tenets, history, sources, rules, and basis of treaties, customary and soft law, natural law & jus cogens (“compelling law”). We review municipal state law and interplay of state constitutions with international law. Particular areas include the law of the sea, international environmental law, managing resources, conflicts of law, and global regimes. Readings explore comparative Nordic / Northern European perspectives on international and constitutional law. These include separation of powers in Nordic systems, judicial review and how centuries of tradition have shaped legal systems.

Field Work

Country: Norway
Day: 1 - Bergen - Thursday, 17 July

For our Field Lab during the Bergen Port Stop on Thursday, July 17th, it is anticipated we will meet first with a Faculty member from NHH/ The Norwegian School of Economics: this is Norway’s largest and leading research institution in the fields of economics and business. We will discuss regional Nordic and international issues in law, trade, development policy & economics including WTO and multinational organizations such as the World Bank. Topics discussed include climate risk, environment, sustainable development and collaboration between nations. Afterwards it is anticipated we will tour the Hanseatic League Museum in Bergen. The League existed from the 13th through 17th centuries and was a significant step in early international cooperation. Interestingly, main trading routes for this important early League closely matched our own Summer Expedition’s modern sea navigation though Northern Europe. We briefly visit the Fish Market in downtown Bergen, concluding with a tour of Mount Floyen via the Funicular, providing some spectacular views of Bergen and the surrounding environment. Academic Objectives: 1. To understand some of the history and role of International Law in regional development. 2. Learn about Trade’s impacts in early economics & law, such as the story of the Hanseatic League. 3. Discuss aims of modern Institutions like the World Bank in advancing collaboration among nations.