International Law and Violence

Schools of Public Engagement: Global, Urban, & Environmental

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
International Law and Violence
Spring 2024
Taught By: Karin Loevy
Section: A

CRN: 14377

Credits: 3

"International Law and Violence" examines the intersection of international law and the use of violence in a variety of contexts. We start by questioning the strict opposition between “force” and “law” in the domestic setting. Using a critical legal theory approach to real life encounters with law, we engage the intimate connection between law and violence: Every legal decision is also a violent act as far as it creates a forceful and punishable distinction between what is inside and what is outside the law, what is legal and illegal, what is the norm(al) and what is the exception. With these insights we move in the main part of the course to the international sphere and examine the historical developments in which, following WWII, the use of force was prohibited. After introducing the post-WWII framework that regulates violence in the international sphere, we move onto to question the relationship between international law and violence, including: third world approaches to international law, feminist approaches to international law, international law and migration, and queer approaches to international law. Students will engage in critical analysis of case studies and contemporary issues, such as drone strikes, targeted killings, and cyber warfare. They will also engage in class discussions, debates, and writing assignments to explore the complexities of the legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of force and the critiques of the current legal framework.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global, Urban, & Environmental (GLUE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:36pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 411
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024