Professors Lung-chu Chen and Tai-Heng Cheng
Designed as a basic course in international law, exploring the role of authority in the decision-making processes of the world community, including the constitutive process by which international law is made and applied and public order established. Considers formal prescription and effective practice with respect to participants in such processes (nation-states, international governmental organizations, political parties, pressure groups, multinational enterprises, and other private associations and individuals); structures of authority; bases of power (control over people, resources, institutions); practices (strategies in diplomatic, ideological, economic, and military instruments); outcomes (allocations of jurisdiction and the performance of the policy functions of intelligence, promoting, prescribing, invoking, applying, appraising, and termination). Emphasizes principally the many roles of the nation-state in the value- shaping and sharing processes of the world community.
Students who have taken International Law: An Introduction (ILS211) may not take this course.