This seminar will explore the role of lawyers in addressing international law challenges in a variety of governmental settings, focusing on the ways that international law is made, interpreted, applied, and enforced by governments outside of courts. Students will be exposed to the myriad ways that international law making and compliance impact the daily operations of different components of national governments and international governance institutions, including the UN. The instructor, Professor Sarah Cleveland, previously served as Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State. Guest speakers will be seasoned lawyers from various components of the U.S. and other governments and international organizations.
Students will be exposed to the dynamic role of different components of governments in intra-government decision-making (in the US including the State, Justice, Defense and intelligence Departments, the White House, and Congress). The seminar will also consider the roles of the US and other governments in developing international law in the U.N. and other multilateral fora. The seminar will be organized around substantive topics of current concern in international law, including subjects relating to treaty making, interpretation, and application; interpreting and applying laws relating to the use of force and armed conflict, including in the counter-terrorism context, and the elaboration and enforcement of human rights. Generally two seminar sessions will be devoted to each particular topic - the first for preparatory reading and discussion, and the second session with a guest legal expert.
Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of international law is expected, and admission is with the permission of the instructor: A prior course in some area of public international law, U.S. foreign relations law, or U.S. national security law is required.
Admission: The seminar is open to upper level JD and LLM students who satisfy the prerequisites. To apply for admission, students should send to Tricia Philip-Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org) their (1) current CV; (2) current transcript with their grades for the most recent semester included if possible; and (3) a statement of their interest in the class, including any relevant information that may not appear in (1) & (2). Continuing JDs, transfer students, and LLMs who have not yet applied should submit their application materials as soon as possible. Applicants who are waitlisted or who have not yet been admitted will be notified about admission decisions during the Add/Drop period. Attendance at the first class session is mandatory for all registered students and for all students who wish to be admitted to the seminar.