9:30 am - 12:30 pm
International organizations such as the United Nations exist at the intersection between domestic and international affairs, and between legal and political questions. This situation is fraught with legal and political complications: they create obligations on their member-countries, but those countries are also the authors of those obligations; they regulate states but have few tools of enforcement; they expect compliance, but rely on the self-interested motivations of their members. This seminar examines the tensions that surround the main international organizations today, including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and several international courts. For each, it considers their founding legal charter and their practical impact on world politics. We will examine member-states’ obligations to the organization, patterns of compliance and non-compliance with them, and what powers of enforcement the organizations have.
Seminar led by Ian Hurd, Northwestern University
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