Spring 2014

Global Law

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-208


Clara J. Altman (Section 01)


Does law create global order?  Can international law prevent abuses of power? Are national sovereignty and international law compatible? These questions have been at the center of the quest for international order through law in the modern world. This course examines the ideas, values, and concepts that have structured international legal thought from the seventeenthcentury law of nations tradition to the modern liberal international order. Core topics include liberal democratic revolutions, capitalism and trade, imperialism, human rights, and international institutions with a focus on the historical evolution of Western and non-Western ideas and practices of international law. Readings include primary historical documents and secondary works in law and history.

Spring semester. Visiting Professor Altman.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2015