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College of Law

International Law

Course Number: 6720
Professor: Noah Novogrodsky
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This course covers international law in its classic sense--public international law, or "the law of nations, as well the growing impact of international law on domestic legal orders. It looks at topics such as the sources and evidence of international law, sovereignty, transnational legal process, the bases of national jurisdiction, conflicts of jurisdiction, the international use of force, etc. However, modern public international law also includes areas of more immediate interest to practicing lawyers, such as conflicts between nations over which one has the right to assert jurisdiction over certain activities, international extradition, and immunities from jurisdiction.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture and discussion.
Written Assignments: Four short reaction papers.
Type of Exam: There is a take-home final exam, consisting of two essay questions, that accounts for 40% of the grade.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Reaction papers: 40%; Final Exam 40% class participation 20%.
Other Comments: This course should be of interest to anyone following international affairs and will complement International Business Transactions and International Human Rights Law.

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