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  • International, Transnational, and Comparative Law

Non-State Actors and the International Legal System

This seminar analyzes the evolving role of non-state actors in international law, focusing on transnational corporations (as defendants, plaintiffs, and objects of international law) and NGOs (as standard setters, norm entrepreneurs, and third-party participants). Topics covered include human rights cases in domestic courts, investor-state arbitration, corporate social responsibility and the International Criminal Court. Discussions will focus on how and why non-state actors have become increasingly central in international legal processes, the consequences of their expanded influence, and the normative and legal implications for the international legal system. The final grade will be based on class participation, short reaction papers, and a final paper that may be used to satisfy the JD upper-level writing requirement or the LLM writing requirement.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.


Suzanne Katzenstein
Non-State Actors and the International Legal System 674.01
Spring 2012
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