Professors Gráinne de Búrca and Benedict Kingsbury
Mondays (Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202) and Tuesdays (Furman Hall, Room 316)
This scholarly Colloquium each Spring examines major theoretical issues in international law. Class meets: Tues Jan 21 (introduction, tbc); Jan 27-8; Feb 3-4; Feb 24-25; Mar 3-4; Mar 24-25; Apr 7-8; Apr 21-22; [Apr 28-29 review sessions/reserve dates] Papers will be presented periodically by leading scholars from around the world (Monday sessions). Mini- symposia may be held. Students are assigned to write three reaction papers which go to the speakers ahead of the public discussion sessions. Students also complete a short related research paper, and meet separately as a group in an intensive advanced international law seminar with the instructors (Tuesday sessions). The major aim is to expose students to cutting edge ideas and deeper perspectives in thiniking abou the field, and to promote high-quality student scholarship with a view to publication as well as thoughtful reading of scholarly work. The research paper (or the much longer final paper preceded by a full draft due April 6, if the "substantial writing" option is chosen) must be turned in by May 20. Some prior knowledge of international law or legal philosophy or international relations theory is essential.
[Spring 2014 Schedule TBA]