Advanced International Law (LAW-LW.11860.001)

Updated August 2015

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Unit 1: Introduction to International Law

Reading Guide

I. Theoretical Background

A. The Framework: Foreign Office vs. Global Governance

1. The Foreign Office Model Versus the Global Governance Model: An Introduction

2. B.S. Chimni, International Institutions Today: An Imperial Global State in the Making, 15 Eur. J. Int'l L. 1, 6–19 (2004) (extracts)

3.  *** Background Materials ***

      a. Christoph Schreuer, The Waning of the Sovereign State: Towards a New Paradigm for International Law?, 4 Eur. J. Int’l L. 447, 447–59 (1993) (extracts)

      b. Judge Hisashi Owada, Some Reflections on Justice in a Globalizing World, 97 Am. Soc’y Int’l  L. Proc. 181 (2003) (extracts)

B. The Logics

1. Overview - Military, Markets, Morals

The following readings reflect some aspects of the three logics:

2. Realism

a. Stephen D. Krasner, Realism, Imperialism, and Democracy: A Response to Gilbert, 20 Pol. Theory 38, 38–45 (1992).
b. Philip Carter, The Torture Two-Step: Bush’s New Torture Order and Its Loopholes, Slate, July 23, 2007 (note that the Executive Order referred to has now been revoked by Executive Order 13491)

3. Institutionalism

a. Robert O. Keohane & Lisa L. Martin, The Promise of Institutionalist Theory, 20 Int’l
Sec.39, 42–46, 48–50 (1995).
b. John H. Cushman, Jr., Trade Group Strikes Blow at U.S. Environmental Law, NY Times, April 7. 1998

4. Cosmopolitanism

a. David Held, Law of States, Law of Peoples: Three Models of Sovereignty, 8 Legal Theory 1, 23–24, last paragraph 30–38 (2002)

II. Applying the Model: The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

A. Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963, Art. 36

B. The Early Cases: Paraguay

1. Case Concerning the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Paraguay v. USA),
ICJ, Provisional Measures Order, April 9, 1998

2. Breard v. Greene, US Supreme Court, April 14, 1998

C. Mexico

1. Case Concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. U.S.A), ICJ, Judgment, March 31, 2004 (extracts)
2. Summary of President's Determination re Mexican Nationals (Feb. 28, 2005) and U.S. Withdrawal from ICJ Jurisdiction over Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (March 7, 2005)
    3. Medellín v. Texas, US Supreme Court, March 25, 2008
    4. Dahlia Lithwick, "Texas Holds Him" (overview of oral argument in Medellín)
Mexico's Request for "Interpretation" of Avena Judgment, ICJ, Jan. 19, 2009

D. Later Developments

    1. Leal Garcia v. Texas, US Supreme Court, Jul 7, 2011 (Leal was subsequently executed)
2. Consular Notification Compliance Act, introduced June 14, 2011 (summary and selected testimony in support before Senate Judiciary Committee)

III. Applying the Model: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

           A.  Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (US Supreme Court, 2013)

IV. Recordings of Classes from Spring 2012 (in case useful)

A. Tuesday, January 24, 2012

B. Wednesday, January 25, 2012

C. Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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