The course aims to deepen the students' understanding of contemporary international law and international relations. It asks about epoch thresholds and continuities and sheds light upon the genealogy of important rules. In the first part of the course, we will discuss topics such as: "beginnings" of international law and diplomatic relations, international law and colonization, peace and stability, decolonization, world wars and collective security, the emerging age of human rights. In the second part, a number of participants will be given the opportunity of making a presentation on a topic jointly agreed upon.
The slots for presentations are limited.
The default option to fulfil the course requierments is teh afore-mentioneed presentation of c. 25-30 mins. in combination with a shot paper of approx. 2'000 words. The number of presentations is limited to 16, they are awarded on a first come, first served basis.