The State and Global Governance (LAWS6119)


This unit explores ways in which international affairs are governed on a global scale, the significance of international law in that governance, and the roles and capacities of states within global governance. In doing so, the unit introduces students to a range of historical and contemporary approaches to understanding the role of law in international affairs. Students will have an opportunity to consider these issues in relation to current events of global import. For these purposes, both an interest in international affairs and familiarity with the principles and institutions of public international law are desirable. The sorts of questions with which the unit is concerned may include the following: Does global governance comprise a system and, if so, what are its critical features? What is the role of states in this system? In what sense is this system lawful? Is global governance democratic? What is the role of violence in the contemporary global order? How does/should international law seek to address pressing transnational issues, such as poverty, environmental degradation, global health threats and human rights abuses?

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Sep 12, 13 & 26, 27 (9-5)


1000-2000wd critique of a selected reading (25%), 250wd essay abstract and one page reading list (10%) and 5000-6000wd essay (65%)

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