International Law

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Rosencranz
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 1 | India
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

In this course, we’ll explore the challenge of using international law, agreements, institutions and norms to manage global issues. Much of our time will be spent on global environment and development, energy, climate and human rights. We’ll range into international and national politics and economics, including regulatory and market-based approaches. There will be considerable student involvement.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 1

The field lab will focus on Kerala, whose largest city is our port, Cochin.  Kerala (emphasis on the first syllable) is unique in at least four ways: It has the highest literacy rate, the lowest birth rate and the largest Christian population of any Indian state.  It is also one of two Indian states with a long history of Communist government.  Our focus will be on Kerala’s environment, alternative energy and human rights. Experts in each of these fields, including Professors Athira and Namitha and Advocate Sandhya George on human rights, Yacob Mohan George on alternative energy and Prof. Jacob Joseph and M.K. Prasad on environment, will take part in panels throughout the day.  We will also hear about India’s climate change approaches and vulnerabilities from a member of the Climate Action Programme in New Delhi. Finally, we will learn from a Keralite expert in international law, Shiju Je, how law can help to manage these four international issues – environment, energy, climate and human rights. Class members, working in teams, will be among the moderators, presenters and discussants. Using the instructor’s list of questions to guide their observations, class members will journal their observations and write a 1000 word field report.
  Academic Objectives: 1.     To learn about Kerala's state-wide approaches to energy, environment and human rights issues. 2.     To become acquainted with India's special vulnerabilities to climate change as well as India's stands in international climate negotiations at Copenhagen, Durban and Doha.