International Law* [CRN 17851]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Morato
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1240
End: 1400
Field Work: Day 1 | March 18, 2020 | South Africa
Prerequisites: One (1) international relations course or by permission of instructor Download Syllabus

The course gives students the structure and foundations of International Law based on its historical development, the United Nations Order and the International Courts, in the areas of Human Rights, International Trade, the Law of the Sea, and Criminal Law.

Cases and context will address the challenges to international law in the regions visited on the voyage, with a special focus on human rights in the developing world, relations and disputes between states in the South China Sea, international organizations and new actors such as non-government organizations (NGO’s). By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of the workings of international law and its political context.

The field class, observations and representative case studies form part of the teaching methodology, which encourages conversation on current trends in international law and comparative analysis in the regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. Class discussion also invites both students to think critically about the role of international law in globally connected yet diverse societies.

*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1
Date: March 18, 2020

The Field Class will take place in Cape Town, a multicultural city that is a testament to the overcoming of racial divisions, but that nowadays faces the global challenge of inequality. The Field Class aims to explore how a society and the world can continue to guarantee human rights in terms of equality, dignity and freedom, and overcome any type of discrimination. We shall visit the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Robben Island Museum, and witness the beauty of cultural diversity.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify how the conventions of Human Rights adapt to local realities
2. Identify the challenges of South Africa to improve the rule of Law and Human Rights
3. Compare the peace processes of South Africa and Colombia