Course Information

Course Number

596

Credits

2

JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

Sovereignty

This seminar will consider the constitutional implications of U.S. participation in a variety of international institutions, such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the World Trade Organization, arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement, international environmental institutions, and various arms control frameworks. Constitutional issues to be discussed will include possible limits on the delegation of regulatory authority to non-U.S. actors, the erosion of the federal judicial power through international adjudication, the relationship between international delegations and Executive power, and the impact of internationalization on U.S. federalism. Consideration will also be given to the possibility that participation in international institutions might in some instances promote constitutional values. We will look at both current controversies as well as historical debates, dating all the way back to debates over the arbitration commissions set up under the Jay Treaty of 1794. Students will be graded based on a research paper and their participation in class discussions.


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.