- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication
Section 001, January 2020
This class will be co-taught by Robert Harris.
Practicing International Law: Maritime Conflicts and Law of the Sea' is an immersive seminar examining contemporary challenges related to the international law of the sea from the perspective of international lawyers and national security policymakers. Taught by both Professor Matthew Waxman and Robert Harris, Assistant Legal Adviser for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, the seminar will focus on the legal regime that applies to more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, touching on vital strategic and economic interests of governments around the world. Problems to be explored include: U.S. efforts to preserve global rules through its “freedom of navigation” program; the complex international legal rules related to effective law enforcement at sea to respond to crimes ranging from piracy, drug and human trafficking, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; available legal processes for the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes, with a focus on current tensions in the South China Sea; and intergovernmental negotiation of maritime boundary agreements between countries with overlapping maritime entitlements. A host of renowned practitioners from governments, think tanks, and private legal practice will offer students a balance of lively classroom discussion and practical group exercises to simulate actual practice in this fast-paced field of public international law.
Some introductory knowledge of basic international concepts (e.g. customary international law, treaty ratification) is assumed; it is therefore very strongly recommended that students have already taken at least one other international law course.
This intensive seminar is essentially full-time for the week. Most days will run from 9:30am – 5:00pm, with breaks and discussions over lunch. Optional, but highly recommended, dinners with guest practitioners will also take place on some days. This expanded format will allow for team-based, role-playing exercises and for discussion among students, faculty and guests about the substance and practice of international law. All of these meals will be provided Professor Waxman’s National Security Law Program.
Reading Packets will be available on Courseworks.
To receive credit, students must actively participate in class discussions and exercises, demonstrating familiarity with the reading material and critical thinking about it.
MTWRF 9:30-5:00 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Any prior course in international law or foreign relations law