International Law

POL SCI XL 123A

This course explores international law: the decentralized system of rules governing relations among states. 

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What you can learn.

  • Explore how international law differs from national legal systems
  • Understand the role of principles including good faith and consent in international law
  • Understand the role of customs, general principles, and international judicial systems in international law
  • Use case studies to explain the institutions, functions, and problems of international law

About this course:

International law is the system of rules governing the relations among states and providing the common principles for humankind. It is a decentralized system, held together by a hierarchy of subordinating, imperative principles, such as good faith, consent, and the obligation to fulfill the agreements. The system consists of legal rules, persons, and areas of action governed by agreements, customs, general principles, and international judicial decisions. This course seeks to explain the basic institutions, functions, and problems of the law through case study and assorted international legal essays. Pertinent documentaries are incorporated to augment conceptual understanding of key case studies. Transferable for UC Credit. 

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