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Course NameGlobal Peace
InstructorVesselin Popovski
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goals1. Understanding of the political and legal background of the establishment of the UN, the challenges facing the UN, and the Organization's gradual evolution over seven decades. 2. In-depth knowledge of the principal organs of the UN, their competencies and roles. 3. Understanding the development of international law though the practice of the main organs of the UN and the specifics of the international constitutionalism. 4. Developing skills to analyze UN resolutions and other UN documents and to understand the dynamics of particular armed conflicts and the international efforts for their resolution. 5. Understanding and differentiating between the legality and the legitimacy of the use of force and other international regimes, the problems of humanitarian intervention and the emergence of the concept of responsibility to protect (R2P) 6. Developing legal skills to draft briefs and papers on specific policy issues.
Course outlineThe course Global Peace and United Nations examines global issues and the institutions the United Nations through analysis of the Organization's practice from its inception with focus on the transformations the UN has undergone since the end of the Cold War. Special consideration is given to interpretations of the UN Charter, the roles of its principal organs, General Assembly and Security Council; the measures under Chapter VI and Chapter VII of the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security and their effectiveness, the peaceful settlement of disputes and the sanctions in response to threats to international peace and security. The course explores such areas as peacekeeping and peacebuilding, authorization of use of force by the Security Council, human rights, development. The course will require reading and understanding the Security Council resolutions and other acts of the UN organs and their legality and legitimacy. Global Peace and United Nations will be of interest to all those eager to work for the United Nations, learning about legal issues surrounding the UN and practices developed to maintain international peace, develop international co-operation and promote human rights. Key Words: UN Charter, peace and security, sanctions, use of force, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, UN reform, General Assembly, Security Council, International Court of Justice
Evaluation Scale and Policies1 Class Participation and Presentation 40 % 2 Essay 60 % Total 100% Students are expected to attend all classes and to complete all required assignments.
PrerequisitesThere will be four hours of lecture/seminar per week. Students are expected to read the course materials in advance of each class.
Texts, materials, and supplies
Course Schedule/Plan1. League of Nations. Origins of the UN Charter. UN Charter as a treaty. The power to interpret the Charter.

2. Purposes of the UN. Principles of the UN. Membership. Admission: full and conditional. Effects of state succession on membership.

3. Principal organs of the United Nations. General Assembly: Composition, Subsidiary organs, Voting procedures. Six Committees of the GA

4. UN Security Council: Composition, Election of non-permanent Members, Voting procedure in the Council. Roles. ECOSOC.

5. UN Secretary-General. Privileges and immunities of UN officials. International Civil Service. UN Departments and Agencies.