Law, Politics and Economics in International Affairs (2019-2020)

Course Overview

This seminar course explores the linkages and differences between the disciplines of law, political
science and economics as they relate to international affairs. Designed for graduate students in
the combined MA/JD program with a pre-exisiting knowledge of international legal principles,
this course examines the roles that law plays in international affairs and the manners in which
underlying assumptions in law, political science and economics affect the consideration of these
issues. The course begins with interactive discussions of fundamental theoretical and practical
issues relating to the place of international law in international affairs, using examples drawn
from current events, followed by detailed student-led examination and critique of key
international judicial decisions, providing a basis for critical analysis of international law, its
place in international dispute settlement and its impact on state behaviour.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to promote various learning objectives. Upon successful completion of
this course, you will be able to:

  • recognize both general and specialized international legal principles;

  • analyze the impact of international law on international relations, in particular the

  • relationship between political, economic and legal considerations;

  • apply international legal principles to practical situations;

  • assemble clear, concise, timely and effective legal advice to policy makers;

  • write clear, concise, and effective policy briefs and analytical papers; and

  • present legal analysis in a formal setting clearly and effectively.

This course is co-taught by Leah West, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.

The 2019-2020 syllabus is here.