International Law: Principles and Politics

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Shepherd
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Work: Day 2 - Wednesday, 30 September | Turkey Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the role that international law plays within the larger realm of international relations. Where is law important, where is it less important, and why? The course will combine lecture, a law-school oriented case-study approach, and discussion. We will explore how international tribunals function, and how international law is made. We will consider the law of the seas and laws regarding diplomatic interactions.  During our exploration of the international legal framework, we will also analyze topics that relate to the countries we will be visiting as well as other international topics of current interest.  These include topics are quite varied, and include, among others, the “right to be forgotten,” the restoration of cultural artifacts, torture, drone strikes, gender equality and education, international epidemics, and international research.  In addition, students will be introduced to methods of learning how to read and analyze the opinions in a legal case.

Field Work

Country: Turkey
Day: 2 - Wednesday, 30 September

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey is expected to reach 1.7 million in 2015.  Most of these refugees have fled conflict in the Syrian provinces bordering Turkey. Half of the refugees from Syria are children.  The objectives of this field lab are to learn about the international and domestic efforts to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey as well as the international and national legal structures that hinder, facilitate, and generally regulate their treatment.