This course uses a problem-oriented approach to introduce first-year students to the field of public international law. The course aims to illustrate the importance of international law, in all its forms, in relation to many of the central issues that preoccupy national governments and to highlight the extent to which the assumptions underpinning it have changed in recent decades. Like any general international law course, the coverage of topics is necessarily selective given the wide variety of possible subjects which could be included. The assumption, however, is that the materials provide an understanding of the essential normative and analytical framework required to tackle a much wider range of issues within the field of international law. It does so by providing an introduction to diverse specialist areas such as trade and investment, human rights, the use of force, environmental law, humanitarian law, and international criminal law.
This course is one of the 1L required international or comparative courses and only available to HLS first-year students.