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  1. Week Two: History & Framework 2 items
    In approaching the subject of international law we will first consider the context it was developed in along with the political theory that supported it. Why was there a need for international law in the first place? What is its nature and purpose? We will explore both state and non-state actors, including international organisations. Beginning with a wide look at the international legal framework, we will specifically discuss customs, treaties, and conventions.
    1. Rethinking the 21st century: 'new' problems, 'old' solutions - Amy Eckert, Laura Sjoberg 2009

      Book Essential Read pages 1-16.

    2. International organisation in world politics - J. D. Armstrong, Lorna Lloyd, John Redmond, J. D. Armstrong 2004

      Book Essential Read pages 37-40.

  2. Week Three: Human Rights 4 items
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was ratified in 1948. This week we will explore the history and context of its creation. The UDHR also provides us with the basis and foundation to explore other areas of ‘rights’ in the weeks following.
    1. Development as freedom - Amartya Sen 2001

      Book Essential Read pages 227-248.

    2. Understanding international relations - Chris Brown, Kirsten Ainley 2005

      Book Essential Read pages 222-235.

    3. International organisation in world politics - J. D. Armstrong, Lorna Lloyd, John Redmond, J. D. Armstrong 2004

      Book Essential Read pages 240-243

  3. Week Four: Women’s Rights 5 items
    As one of the first sub-groups to achieve their own convention, women’s rights set the precedent for the need for further, specific protection. The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was ratified in 1981. We will examine the political, economic, social, cultural, and civil elements of women’s rights. This week will also consider the infringements on women’s rights through: work, movement, and equality.
    1. Sexual politics in modern Iran - Janet Afary 2009

      Book Essential

    2. Human insecurity: global structures of violence - David W. Roberts 2008

      Book Essential

    3. Issues in 21st century world politics 2016

      Book Essential Read ‘Gender Matters’ pages 177-189

  4. Week Five: Indigenous Rights 3 items
    As one of the most recent and contested declaration of rights, indigenous rights poses an interesting case study for the West’s true support of human rights. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted in 2007 and received much criticism and opposition from Western powers. Has the declaration improved the conditions of indigenous people since 2007?
    1. International law 2018

      Book Essential Read pages 322-324

  5. Week Six: Gay Rights 9 items
    From America to Uganda, the gay community struggles to secure human rights as governments and society pose discrimination. On an international scale this week examines the civil rights violations against the gay community and to what extent ground is being won in the fight for equality.
    1. The global emergence of gay and lesbian politics: national imprints of a worldwide movement - Barry D. Adam, Jan Willem Duyvendak, André Krouwel 1999

      Book Recommended

    2. Sexual justice: democratic citizenship and the politics of desire - Morris Kaplan 1997

      Book Recommended

    3. Politics of sexuality: identity, gender, citizenship - Terrell Carver, Véronique Mottier, European Consortium for Political Research 1998

      Book Recommended

  6. Week Eight: ‘Free trade’ 6 items
    With accusations of protectionism many developing nations have been put at the receiving end of policies that undermine their nations’ industries. This class will discuss to what extent is ‘free trade’ beneficial and to whom. How can states prevent harmful goods from coming into their borders, such as genetically modified foods or cigarettes that do not meet national standards for safety?
    1. An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations - Adam Smith, Laurence Dickey 1993

      Book Recommended

    2. Free trade and protection - Barry Turner 1971

      Book Recommended

    3. Free trade: myth, reality and alternatives - Graham Dunkley 2004

      Book Recommended

    4. Hungry for trade: how the poor pay for free trade - John Madeley 2000

      Book Recommended

  7. Week Ten: Children’s Rights 5 items
    This class focuses specifically on the role of children in international law. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was put in place by the UN in 1989. We will examine both the history of children in international law and today’s applications of these rights. Specifically we will investigate children during war, child soldiers and child labour.
    1. Who's afraid of children?: children, conflict and international relations - Helen Brocklehurst 2006

      Book Recommended

    2. Trial justice: the international criminal court and the Lord's Resistance Army - Tim Allen 2006

      Book Recommended

    3. Human insecurity: global structures of violence - David W. Roberts 2008

      Book Recommended

  8. Week Eleven and Twelve: Humanitarian Law 6 items
    Legalising what some say is morally apprehensible seems abhorrent and a contradiction in its own right. Creating laws for a time of chaos and unruliness treads a fine line between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. These are some of the challenges to discussing international law in relation to war and conflict. We will specifically discuss those laws which are meant to protect civilians and state sovereignty.
    1. Strategic terror: the politics and ethics of aerial bombardment - Beau Grosscup 2006

      Book Recommended

    2. The law of armed conflict: constraints on the contemporary use of military force - Howard M. Hensel c2005

      Book Recommended

    3. Understanding international relations - Chris Brown, Kirsten Ainley c2009

      Book Recommended

    4. The terrorism reader - David J. Whittaker 2012

      Book Recommended

    5. The human rights field operation: law, theory and practice - Michael O'Flaherty 2007

      Book Essential Read pages 105-140

  9. Additional Reading 40 items
    1. Books 23 items
      1. Akehurst's modern introduction to international law - Peter Malanczuk, Michael Akehurst 1997

        Book Background

      2. The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations - John Baylis, Steve Smith, Patricia Owens 2017

        Book Background

      3. Principles of public international law - Ian Brownlie 2008

        Book Background

      4. Hugo Grotius and international relations - Hedley Bull, Benedict Kingsbury, Adam Roberts 1992

        Book Background

      5. International law - Antonio Cassese 2005

        Book Background

      6. Textbook on international law - Martin Dixon 2010

        Book Background

      7. Cases & materials on international law - Robert McCorquodale, Martin Dixon, Sarah Williams 2016

        Book Background

      8. Blackstone's international law documents - Malcolm D. Evans 2015

        Book Background

      9. The costs of war: international law, the UN, and the world order after Iraq - Richard A. Falk c2008

        Book Background

      10. The limits of International law - Jack L. Goldsmith, Eric A. Posner 2005

        Book Background

      11. Problems and process: international law and how we use it - Rosalyn Higgins 1994

        Book Background

      12. Cases and materials on international law - Robert McCorquodale, Martin Dixon c2003

        Book Background

      13. The legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia - A. H. J. Swart, Alexander Zahar, Göran Sluiter 2011

        Book Recommended

      14. The politics of international law - Christian Reus-Smit 2004

        Book Background

      15. War and self-defense - David Rodin 2002

        Book Recommended

      16. Textbook on international human rights - Rhona K. M. Smith 2012

        Book Recommended

      17. International environmental law and economics - P. K. Rao 2002

        Book Background

      18. International law - Elina Steinerte, Rebecca M. M. Wallace 2008

        Book Background

    2. Journals 9 items
      1. The American journal of international law - American Society of International Law

        Journal Background

      2. Global Governance

        Journal Background 1995 - to current editions.

      3. International and comparative law quarterly - British Institute of International and Comparative Law

        Journal Background

      4. Journal of comparative legislation and international law - Society of Comparative Legislation 1917-1951

        Journal Recommended

      5. International and comparative law quarterly - British Institute of International and Comparative Law

        Journal Recommended

    3. Websites 6 items
    4. Articles 2 items