International Criminal Law (Law 669)(2 credits / 24 hours)

This course focuses on the developing jurisprudence and practical implementation of international criminal law. Since 1993 there has been a renewed interest in prosecuting persons who have committed serious international crimes such as crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide with the establishment of international tribunals and mixed international / domestic tribunals. The course will commence with an general introduction of the international criminal law components of domestic law and an overview of the International Criminal Court. The subsequent classes will focus on the development of the law applicable to individual criminal responsibility, immunity, substantive elements of the crimes, international humanitarian law principles and certain modes of liability under international criminal law. Class discussion will include actual case examples from different international tribunals, including the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia. The primary source will be the law and practice of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court but also that of the Rwanda Tribunal, Sierra Leone Tribunal and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.


Method of Evaluation:2-hour open-book exam

International Human Rights Law (Law 668)(2 credits / 24 hours)

The international law of human rights constitutes one of the largest bodies of law within the broader realm of public international law. The aim of this course is to provide the student with a coherent framework for understanding that body of law along with the instruments for its application. In discussing the various facets of the international human rights regime, emphasis will be given to its conceptual foundations, its enforcement at the international, regional and domestic level, as well as practical implications and current challenges. Specific attention will be given to institutional features of the human rights regime, including at the regional level (Organisation of American States), the reception of international human rights law into the Canadian legal system, indigenous issues, the relationship between human rights and related areas, such as humanitarian law and international criminal law.

Method of Evaluation: 2-hour open-book exam

International Humanitarian Law (Law 667)(2 credits / 24 hours)

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. Knowledge of IHL is a definite asset, if not essential, for those working on or in countries affected by armed conflict, involved in humanitarian work or interested in working for international criminal tribunals.

In this course we will examine the history, principles, operation and application of international humanitarian law. We will analyze humanitarian law in the context of contemporary armed conflict and discuss the challenges that this body of law faces as we move forward in the twentieth century.

Method of Evaluation:2-hour open-book exam

International Commercial Arbitration (Law 613)(2 credits / 24 hours)

This course provides a broad introduction to the law and practice of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Students will gain an understanding of the intersection of international law, national law, and private contract that comprises the governing regime for this important means for the resolution of international business disputes. Specific topics include the drafting and enforcement of arbitration agreements, the laws applicable to different aspects of the arbitration, the jurisdiction, composition and powers of the tribunal, confidentiality, interim measures, the conduct of the hearing, and the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Method of Evaluation:2-hour open-book exam

International Economic Law (Law 456) (4 credits / 48 hours)

This course examines public international law affecting trade and investment, as well as the private international law of international business transactions. The principal trade-related areas examined in this course are the GATT and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The principal investment-related area examined is Chapter 11 of the NAFTA. In addition, we will discuss the international sale of goods and the financing of international transactions.

The following are some of the topics that are covered in this course:

• the international and domestic regulation of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade;

• the decision-making procedures and dispute settlement provisions under the GATT/WTO and the NAFTA;

• the international movement of capital, including the international regimes governing direct foreign investment;

• the legal protection of Canadian foreign investments; and

• the rules governing the international sale of goods and the financing of international transactions.

Method of Evaluation: 4-hour open-book exam (written in two 2-hour sessions)

Public International Law (Law 540) (3 credits / 36 hours)

This course dealing with the role of law in international affairs will provide an introduction to international law for students in both the Public International Law and the International Business Law programs. Course materials will include traditional readings as well as a variety of interactive exercises. Students will be introduced to the role of states as the traditional sources of international legal norms and obligations; the application of international law by international and national decision-makers; and the status and increasing significance of non-state actors such as intergovernmental organizations (notably the United Nations), non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, subunits in federal states (particularly Canadian provinces), peoples, and individuals (human rights) in the international legal system. In addition, the course will provide coverage of substantive law in various areas, including state jurisdiction over territory and persons, dispute settlement, state responsibility, global environmental governance, and sovereign and diplomatic immunities. Where appropriate, special attention will be paid to Canadian practice and its conformity with international law.

Method of Evaluation: 3-hour CLOSED book exam, although students may bring one letter-sized page of notes (double-sided) into the exam.