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Fall 2020 Course

Global Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home

This course explores law’s role in global affairs. We will examine the history of ideas, legal doctrines, institutional and administrative structures intended to organize and legalize international economic and political life. The readings will provide a common background for exploring and comparing efforts both to remake the world and re-imagine law. As we analyze our inheritance from that tradition, we will assess recent efforts to rethink law’s role in light of twenty first century political, economic and cultural challenges.



  • David Kennedy, The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism, Princeton University Press (2005)
  • David Kennedy, Of War and Law, Princeton University Press (2006)
  • David Kennedy, A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy, Princeton University Press (2016)