POL 305 Advanced International Law

  • PLEASE NOTE: this abridged outline is an example description of the course, from past years. Instructors can change elements of the course year-to-year.

    COURSE PREREQUISITES:  Prerequisites are 45 credits at the 100 level or higher.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES:  The student learns and applies the history, content, practice, enforcement and relevance of public international law including the significant institutional framework of international law.  The student explores the roles that international law plays in global governance and international relations. The course material will be a level above the introduction to Public International Law, with great emphasis on legal research, case work, and experiential learning through participation in a Moot Court. .


    Kaczorowska,  Alina. Public International Law.  5th ed. London: Routledge, 2010, 

    Ku, Charlotte and Diehl, Paul F. (eds.). International Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings.  3rd ed. Boulder, CO.: Lynne Rienner, 2008.

    Supplementary readings supplied by instructor.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS (please note that these requirements will vary each semester, the following is intended as an example only):

    Each student completes the following:

    • Write a brief on a selected assigned case identifying the facts, parties, and issues in dispute, legal issues, outcome and opinion. Participate in a seminar to discuss the briefs. 20%
    • Write a research paper on a selected current problem or issue in public international law. 30%
    • Research and participate in a Moot Court 30%
    • Write a review note on a selected reading in Ku & Diehl (above).10% 
    • Attend class sessions; and participate. 10%

    Note: Students who receive credit for POL 305 cannot receive credit for POL 205.