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Pages for AUM's Master of International Relations at Maxwell AFB.
Summer '06 Course, POLS6850, International Law and Organization.
Wednesday evenings, Summer 2006.
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revised 9 April. 2006 by Jeremy Lewis.

  • Texts used by undergraduate courses, found online:
  • International Organizations texts used by undergraduate courses, found online:
  • Weiss, Forsythe and Coate, The United Nations and Changing World Politics. (2001).
  • Daniel, Hayes and Oudraat, Coercive Inducement (1999).
  • Schmidt, Peace Operations Between War and Peace. (2000).
  • Phillippe Sands and Pierre Klein, Bowett's Law of International institutions. (2001)
  • Thomas Weiss, David Forsythe and Roger Coate, The United Nations and Changing World Politics (2004).
  • International Law texts used in law school courses found online:
  • Texts recommended in law school courses found online:
  • David Bederman, International Law Frameworks (Foundation Press 2001).
  • Ian Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 5th ed. 1999).
  • Mark W. Janis, An Introduction to International Law (Aspen 4th ed. 2003), $49 pb
  • Mark W. Janis, International Law: Cases and Commentary. $98
  • Peter Malanczuk, Akehurst’s A Modern Introduction to International Law (Routledge 7th ed. 1997).
  • Fajans and Falk,"Scholarly Writing For Law Students", West, 1995. (Booklet for beginners).
  • T. Buergenthal, Public International Law in a Nutshell, (3d ed., St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 2002).
  • I. Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law, (6th ed., Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
  • D. Bederman, International Law Frameworks, (New York, N.Y.: Foundation Press, 2001).
  • Compare undergraduate syllabi here:
  • Syllabus for International law, of Prof. Debra DeLaet, Drake University . Good, elegant syllabus with all the trimmings including online resources.
  • Syllabus for International Relations, Prof. Anthony Clark Arend, Georgetown University.
  • Syllabus for International Organizations, Prof. Anthony Clark Arend, Georgetown University.  Uses debating mode, with peer evaluation form.
  • Syllabus for International Law, Prof. David Kinsella, Hatfield School of Govt, Portland State University.  Has good source links to articles and cases.
  • Syllabus for International Public Law of Dina Francesca Haynes, UNLV.
  • Syllabus for International Law of David Wilkinson, UCLA.
  • Compare law school syllabi here:
  • Syllabus for International law, of Prof. William Aceves of CW (Case Western?) School of Law. Good, brief introduction to the subject -- but look at that weighting on the 3 hour final exam!
  • Syllabus for International Legal Order of Prof. Jeffrey Dunoff, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University . Good reading list, particularly of journal articles.
  • Syllabus for International Law of Prof. Bartram S. Brown, Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Distinguished by a good set of discussion questions for each reading.
  • Syllabus for International Law of Prof. Froomkin at Osaka, University of Miami Law school.  First-time syllabus.  Some links.
  • Syllabus for International Law of Julie Mertus, Ohio Northern University.  Focussed on case studies of the former Yugoslavia.  Good set of links.
  • Syllabus for International Law of Prof. P.L. Fitzgerald, Stetson University College of Law.  Holds useful links at end.
  • Syllabus for International Law of John Norton Moore, U. Virginia School of Law.  Extensive readings list.
  • Syllabus for International Law of L. Zuppi, LSU school of Law.  Series of PPT introductions to topics in IL, near bottom.  Assigns choice of multiple texts' chapters for each topic.
  • Syllabus for International Public Law of Dina Francesca Haynes, UNLV.  Good list of international disputes by topic.
  • Syllabus for International Organizations of Ian Johnstone, Fletcher School, Tufts University. Extensive readings, both booklist and articles.
  • Online research resources:
  • Views of international law:
  • "Almost all nations observe almost all principles of international law and almost all of their obligations almost all of the time." -- Louis Henkin, Columbia University.
  • Selected Introductions to International Law found in syllabi:
  • "International law commonly is defined as the rules, principles, and norms which govern the interaction among states. Many scholars of international relations view international law as a meaningful tool for providing order to world politics and for minimizing global conflict. Other scholars of international relations dismiss international law as insignificant. According to these scholars, state interests-- not internationally agreed-upon rules, principles, and norms--guide interaction among states. In this course, we will investigate the basic question underlying this debate over the utility of international law: does international law act as a constraint on state autonomy, or is it merely used by states when it is in their self-interest? In an effort to address this question, we will focus on the fundamental principles of international law, sovereignty and non-intervention, and will consider whether these principles have been eroded in recent decades as a result of growing support for new international legal norms, including human rights." -- Debra DeLaet, Drake University
  • "This course is an introduction to international public law, generally understood as the set of rules binding the international conduct of states and nonstate actors. Until the twentieth century, international law was largely the law of nations, but today it also encompasses the rights and duties of transnational organizations and individuals. Compared to most domestic legal systems, the international legal system is primitive; there is a close interplay between international law and international politics. The student of international law therefore confronts a host of normative and legal ambiguities—frustrating perhaps, but this is what makes the subject so interesting. Here we have a legal system still in its early stages of development." -- David Kinsella, Portland State University.
  • "The basic quandary of international law arises from the fact that there is no authoritative decision-maker at the international level either to say what the law is (the role that legislatures and courts play in national legal systems) or to implement and enforce the law (the role of the executive branch). Many commentators argue that, consequently, international law is really just rhetoric used by states to justify their actions, but which they violate when it suits their interests. As the French philosopher, Raymond Aron, once quipped, "International law is a permanent incitement to hypocrisy."" -- Bodansky, U. Georgia Law School.
  • Publisher's book page for Mark Janis:
  • An Introduction to International Law 4th Edition, Aspen Publishers.

  • by Mark W. Janis

    List Price: $49.00
    Published: 2/10/2003
    ISBN: 0735526494
    Format: Paperback

    Highly regarded for its clear and straightforward presentation of the basics of international law, this popular paperback familiarizes students with fundamental concepts and issues. Fully revised for its Fourth Edition, An Introduction to International Law remains a concise, yet powerful, teaching tool.

    Instructors can recommend this text with confidence because:
    # Mark W. Janis' accessible writing style clarifies the material without being simplistic
    # the text is suitable for use alongside any coursebook on international law, international human rights law, or international environmental law
    # the broad coverage of public international issues is complemented with discussion of important commercial topics
    # the text is sensibly organized around three main questions: 1). What are the international rules 2). What is the international legal process 3). What role does international law play in international relations
    # resource material in the appendix adds value as a reference source
    # footnotes are used in moderation

    New material in the Fourth Edition reflects significant developments
    # coverage of September 11 and its implications, including the rules of engagement when the enemy is a non-state actor such as Al Qaeda, the coalition building in war on terrorism
    # the International Criminal Court (ICC)
    # the growing importance of "soft law" and NGO's

    Table of Contents

       1. The Nature of International Law
       2. Treaties
       3. Custom and Other Sources of International Law
       4. International Law and Municipal Law
       5. The International Court
       6. States and International Law
       7. International Organizations and Regimes
       8. Individuals and International Law
       9. International Law and the International Economy
      10. International Conflict of Laws

  • Publisher's book page for Janis and Noyes:
  • Janis and Noyes' Cases and Commentary on International Law, 3d (American Casebook Series®)
    By: - Mark Janis and John Noyes
    Format: Book - hardbound
    Copyright: 2006
    List Price: $98.00
    Shipping: FREE
    Availability: In Stock

        * Explores international legal process before U.S. and international courts
        * Covers custom and non-consensual sources of international law
        * Addresses international and European human rights law
        * Looks at the recognition and succession of states and governments

    Introduces the history and nature of international law, and examines the sources of international law—treatise, custom, general principles, jus cogens, and equity. Also covers important fields of international law: individuals and human rights; recognition and self-determination; war and peace and the United Nations; Antarctica, outer space, the law of the sea, and international environmental laws; and international conflict of laws, foreign sovereign immunity, and act of state.

    Summary of Contents

        * Preface
        * Acknowledgements
        * Table of Maps and Figures
        * Table of Treaties
        * Table of Cases
        * Chapter
             1. The Nature of International Law
                   1. The History of International Law
                   2. An International Law Sampler
             2. Treaties
                   1. The Sources of International Law
                   2. A Treaty Sampler
                   3. The Law of Treaties
             3. Custom and the Non-Consensual Sources of International Law
                   1. Customary International Law
                   2. General Principles of Law
                   3. Natural Law and Jus Cogens
                   4. Equity
             4. International Law and Municipal Law
                   1. Treaties and the Constitution
                   2. The Law of Nations in American Law
             5. International Dispute Settlement
                   1. Public International Arbitration
                   2. The International Court
             6. Individuals and International Law
                   1. Individuals as Objects of International Law
                   2. Individuals as Subjects of International Law
                   3. International Human Rights Law
                   4. European Human Rights Law
                   5. International Criminal Law
             7. States and International Law
                   1. The Sovereign State
                   2. The Recognition and Succession of States and Governments
             8. International Organizations and International Law
                   1. Intergovernmental Organizations
                   2. Self-Determination and Peoples
                   3. Nongovernmental Organizations
             9. International Law and the Use of Force
                   1. Jus in Bello
                   2. Traditional Limits on Resort to Force
                   3. Article 2(4) and the Use of Force by States
                  4. The United Nations and the Use of Force
            10. International Law, the Environment, and Common Spaces
                   1. State Responsibility and the Development of International Environmental Law
                   2. Treaty Regimes and Protection of the Environment
                   3. International Common Spaces
            11. The Law of the Sea
                   1. The High Seas
                   2. Vessels
                   3. The Continental Shelf, Fisheries Zones, and the Exclusive Economic Zone
                   4. The Territorial Sea and Straits
                   5. The Deep Sea Bed
            12. International Conflict of Laws
                   1. The Principles of Jurisdiction
                   2. Resolving Conflicts of Jurisdiction
                   3. Foreign Sovereign Immunity
                   4. The Act of State Doctrine
        * Appendix
              o Constitution of the United States of America
              o Charter of the United Nations
              o Statute of the International Court of Justice
              o Universal Declaration of Human Rights
              o Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
        * Index

    Full table of contents PDF.

  • Publisher's book page for Dunoff:
  • International Law: Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach
    by Jeffrey Dunoff, Steven R. Ratner, David Wippman, Aspen Publishers.

    List Price: $98.00
    Published: 9/10/2002
    ISBN: 0735526168
    Format: Hardcover

    Instructors want to explore the processes of international lawmaking through an interdisciplinary approach and problem pedagogy will welcome this new casebook from an outstanding author team.

    The authors lead students from fundamental to sophisticated topics, through 14 chapters organized into six parts:
    # Introduction to International Law and Lawmaking
    # Participants in the International Legal Process
    # The Interaction of International and Domestic Law
    # The Protection of Human Dignity
    # Interdependence and Integration: The Challenge of Collective Action Problems
    # Challenges to International Law

    In addition to its emphasis on lawmaking and decisionmaking in the international arena, this new casebook is distinguished by its:
    # excellent authorship; all three contributors are distinguished young scholars known for the quality of their writing
    # problem approach, using real-life examples to illustrate key topics such as state formation (the former Yugoslavia), corporations as international legal actors (the apparel industry in developing states), constructing an environmental regime (protecting ozone layer), the tensions between trade and environmental politics (the tuna-dolphin problem), and responding to uses of force (the Gulf War)
    # emphasis on the creation of implementation, and interpretation of international norms
    # interdisciplinary materials, incorporating perspectives from economics, political science, and critical and feminist legal studies
    # coverage of cutting-edge topics, including International Criminal Law; Environmental Law and regulation, and trade and investment
    # use of maps, photographs, and other visual material to enliven the text
    # manageable length, well-suited to an upper-level course

    Table of Contents

          PART I Introduction to International Law and Law Making

       1. Tracing the Evolution of International Law Through Two Problems
       2. Making Law in a Decentralized System

          PART II Participants in the International Legal Process
       3. The Traditional Actors: States and International Organizations
       4. The Challenge of Non-State Actors

          PART III International Law and Domestic Law
       5. International Law in the Domestic Arena
       6. The Reach of Domestic Law in the International Arena: Jurisdiction and Its Limits

          PART IV The Protection of Human Dignity
       7. The Claims of Individuals on States: International Human Rights
       8. Mitigating the Harms of War: International Humanitarian Law
       9. Individual Accountability for Violations of Human Dignity: International Criminal Law and Beyond

          PART V Interdependence and Integration: The Challenge of Collective Action Problems
      10. Responding to the First Global Commons Issue: The Law of the Sea
      11. Protecting the International Environment
      12. Managing the World Economy

          PART VI Challenges to International Law
      13. The Use of Force
      14. Conceptual Challenges to International Law: Legitimacy, Relevance, and Justice

    Table of Authorities


  • Links to news stories or cases for international law: