This is an introductory course to public international law. The first part of the course examines the nature, sources, and methods of international law, the relationship between international law and domestic U.S. law, the determination of international responsibility and the resolution of international disputes, and the bases of national jurisdiction over international conduct. In the second part of the course we will study select substantive areas of international law, including the use of force and the laws of war, human rights, international criminal law, and international trade law. Where relevant, the course will follow current events.
This course is one of the 1L required international or comparative courses and is only available to HLS first-year students.