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Public Class to Hear National and World Authorities on International Law

Public Class to Hear National and World Authorities on International Law

Top legal scholars from Australia and Greece join faculty from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and the UC system for public class sponsored by the UCLA International Institute and UCLA Law School.

By Steve Gamer

This quarter the UCLA International Institute, in partnership with its Ronald W. Burkle Center, and the UCLA School of Law, is offering a unique colloquium series on Politics and International Law that is both a for-credit class for UCLA law students and undergraduates and is open as a lecture series to the general public. The special seminar is taught by Law Professor Richard Steinberg as Winter Quarter UG-Law 187B. At this writing there are still a few openings in the class on a credit basis. All sessions of the class are open for auditing to all members of the UCLA community and to the general public.

This course begins with lectures by Professor Steinberg on alternative theoretical approaches to understanding the relationship between politics and international law. The lectures will be followed by weekly presentations of a paper on politics and international law by leading law and political science scholars from the United States and abroad.
Each for-credit student must submit a 1-2 page paper critiquing each paper presented by a guest lecturer. Course enrollment is limited to thirty law students and ten Honors College students by permission of the instructor.

All lectures will take place from 3- 5 p.m. in UCLA School of Law Room 1447.

January 15: Beth Simmons (Harvard University, Government Department)
    Topic: International Human Rights (Two Draft Book Chapters)

January 22: Ryan Goodman (Harvard Law School)
    Paper: Mechanisms of Social Influence and Human Rights Law

January 29: Michael Byers (Duke University, School of Law)
    Paper: Preemptive Self-Defense: Hegemony, Equality and Strategies of Legal Change

February 5: Harry Papasotiriou (Panteion University, Athens, International and European Studies Dept.)
    Paper: The Limits of Law in an Anarchical Society

February 12: Joel Trachtman (Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
  Paper: Customary International Law, Social Norms, and Game Theory: Law or Order?

February 19:* Stephen Krasner (Stanford University, Political Science)
      Paper: The Exhaustion of Sovereignty

February 26: Gary Bass (Princeton University, Political Science Department)
    Paper: Staying the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals

March 4:  Hilary Charlesworth (Australian National University, Faculty of Law)
    Topic: International Lawyers, Policy, and the Invasion of Iraq

March 11:* Robert Keohane (Duke University, Political Science Department)
    Paper: The Accountability of International Institutions

March 18: Andrew Guzman (U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law)
    Paper/Topic: To be announced.

April 1:  Barbara Koremenos (UCLA, Political Science Department)
    Paper/Topic: To be announced.

April 8:  David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)
    Paper: The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism

April 15  David Caron (U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law)
  Paper/Topic: To be announced.

Support for this colloquium series has been provided by the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations.

Papers may be obtained electronically from <>.

Parking is available on the UCLA campus at a cost of $7.

*This presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science Speaker Series.


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