YOKOHAMA CITY UNIVERSITY

ILW301

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CodeILW301
Course NameInternational Law A
InstructorSeta, Makoto
Credits2
TermTerm1
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsSome of you might notice that the term "international law" often appears in recent news, such as Whaling in the Antarctic, Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, hate speech, international marriage, and Trans-Pacific Partnership. In fact, those issues are somehow and to some extent related to international law. In the current era, it is not an exaggeration to say that the rules of international law could cover whatever topics. Against this background, this course aims at grasping the relationship between international law and the actors in the world politics.
Course outlineIn this course, the lectures will be provided by PowerPoint presentations in English. To achieve the purpose mentioned above, this course will basically proceed in accordance with the composition of the textbook, International Law in World Politics: An Introduction (from Chapters 1 to 7). Given its publishing date, updated information will be discussed in the lectures. For the purpose of making participants familiar with the relationship between international law and their daily lives, the influence of international law on Japan, as well as individual cases, will also be explained. Participants are free to ask questions both during and after the class either in English or Japanese. If needed, explanation in Japanese could be offered.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesClass Performance (40%), Final Exam (30%) and Short Papers or Presentation (30%) (Tentatively)
PrerequisitesAlthough it is not compulsory, participants are recommended to take the course of 『法学入門』, before taking this course.
Texts, materials, and supplies<Textbook> Shirley V. Scott, International Law in World Politics: An Introduction, (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010) <Reference Book> 1.条約集(Japanese version is more strongly recommended than English one) 2.中谷和弘他『国際法(第2版)』(有斐閣、2011年) 3.Malcom D. Evans (ed.), International Law, 4th ed., (Oxford University Press, 2014) 4.酒井啓亘他『国際法』(有斐閣、2011年) 5.David J. Harris, Cases and Materials on International Law, 7th ed., (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)
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RemarkIt is highly recommended to take 『国際法 B』 together with this course, for a deeper understanding of international law.
Course Schedule/PlanAs previously mentioned in "course outline", basically this course will basically proceed in accordance with the composition of the textbook. Please try to read the designated pages of textbook before each class. If it is difficult, please do so after the class.

1. Orientation
2. International Law and World Politics Entwined (1) (pp. 1-8)
3. International Law and World Politics Entwined (2) (pp. 6-15, except Figure 1.1)
4. States in International Law (pp. 19-27)
5. Intergovernmental Organizations in International Law (1) (pp. 31-45)
6. Intergovernmental Organizations in International Law (2) (pp. 45-57)
7. Nonstate Actors in International Law (pp. 63-71)
8. The Logical Structure of International Law (1) (pp. 75-81)
9. The Logical Structure of International Law (2) (pp. 80-92, except Figure 5.2)
10.International Law and the Use of Force (1) (pp. 97-108)
11.International Law and the Use of Force (2) (pp. 108-114)
12.The Character and Forms of International Responsibility (1) (pp. 443-460 of Reference Book 3. Copies will be distributed)
13.The Character and Forms of International Responsibility (2) (pp. 460-474 of Reference Book 3. Copies will be distributed)
14.Legal Argument as Political Maneuvering (1) (pp. 121-129)
15.Legal Argument as Political Maneuvering (2) (pp. 129-138)

The plan is changeable, depending on the participants' response.
 

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