INTERNATIONAL LEGAL THEORY
(LAWG-4046) - 2 UNITS
This workshop will explore competing theories of international law, including approaches based on natural law, positivism, the Grotian tradition, realism, rational liberal institutionalism, social construction, and critical theory. We will read and discuss books and articles by leading international law theorists, consider how international legal arguments would be made through each theoretical perspective, and evaluate each approach according to several criteria. Students will make oral presentations and prepare a series of essays; there is no final examination. Prior coursework in international law is recommended.