Course Description

LAWS 6008
Foundations of International Legal Thought
General Description:
Provides students with a broad historical and philosophical introduction to international law. Addresses the basic concept of sovereignty as it was understood between 1492 and World War II, in the contexts of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the international legality of the slave trade, relations between the Ottoman Empire and the so-called Great Powers, the Chinese opium wars, and the rise of modern international institutions. In the foundational style of the humanities, this course offers an intellectual context for LAWS 6400 and the rest of the international law curriculum.

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