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Course: Introduction to Public International Law

The course is divided into three parts. Part I ("The International Legal Process") introduces the student to a jurisprudential system of authority and power that operates usually in the absence of legislative, judicial, and policing institutions as commonly understood. Part II ("Problems in International Law and World Order") focuses upon a series of "hypothetical" problems dealing with issues in war prevention, sociopolitical justice, economic well-being, and environmental protection. Part III ("The Potential of International Law for the Future") asks the troubling question of whether the present world order is not itself the problem that underlies most of humankind's ills, and then examines possible world order systems that might be more desirable.

Course: Human Rights in the World Community

Beginning with an inquiry into the meaning and nature of human rights and into the political and philosophical controversies that impact such inquiry, the course presupposes that the meaning of "human rights" is undergoing fundamental expansion, and therefore explores Marxist and Third World conceptions of human rights as well as those derived from the liberal West. The course introduces the student to the established and developing legal rules and procedures governing the protection of international human rights. Its thesis is that there exists a substantial body of substantive and procedural International Human Rights Law, and that lawyers, judges, government officials, and concerned citizens should be familiar with the policies underlying this law and its enforcement, as well as with the potential it offers for improving the basic lot of human beings everywhere. The first half of the course considers the leading human rights issues confronting the contemporary world community. The second half of the course considers the principal ways in which the world community goes about enforcing human rights, at the global, regional, and national levels, and then via the private sector.

Course: Human Rights Problem-Solving as if People Really Matter

Beginning with an inquiry into the meaning and nature of human rights and into the structure of international human rights law prescription and enforcement, the course focuses on six international human rights problems requiring legal solution. In lieu of a final examination, at least two analytic writing projects are assigned. Prior instruction in public international law or international human rights law desirable but not required.

Seminar: Advanced Problems in International Law and Policy

A seminar devoted to the intensive study of one or more current problems of international law and affairs. Conducted on both individual conference and group study bases, with emphasis upon policy-oriented research and writing. Currently, Professor Weston offers an international law seminar on Human Rights and Child Labor and a seminar on Humanitarian Intervention (with 9/11 and the war against Iraq as indispensable context).

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