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Spring 2023 Seminar

Foreign Relations Law

Prerequisites: Knowledge of international law is useful, but not essential.

Exam Type: No Exam

This seminar will explore key doctrines and concepts of foreign relations law. Are foreign relations and security matters unique? Should they receive exceptional legal treatment, as they often do today? How does foreign relations law integrate domestic public law and international law? We will consider the constitutional allocation of foreign relations powers among government branches, executive power in foreign affairs, and the role of the courts. We will also study key areas of foreign relations law through concrete case studies and place them in comparative perspective. Major questions include use of force; the status of international law in domestic law; the formation, implementation, and termination of international agreements; international trade; foreign affairs federalism; and new questions arising from the growing role of technology and social media in security and international affairs.