Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
investigate and set forth the legal and factual claims of an ongoing case of international law, a case involving a speciﬁc class of victims, and/ or a concern largely ignored by the international community. The object will be the creation of a legal memorandum that can be published as a ‘case primer' in the cause of future representation and advocacy. This option will take a fair amount of initiative and creativity, though should be a matter that has the potential of assisting a class of persons, or community, where little to no light has been shed. Such victims may face oppressive and even lifethreatening circumstances. Information and support will be provided through the semester, but worthwhile topics include, according to interests : Course Description : This course explores the challenges of advocacy, through national and international courts, in pursuit of international justice and the rule of international law. In the hope of bringing criminals to book, and of ending harms that shock the conscience of humankind, this course will focus on strategies of international ‘litigation'. A more challenging concern will be legal strategies that may turn the tide of states from oppressive laws and governance. This course will proceed in three parts. After considering litigation before the International Court of Justice, we will explore the possibility of pursing or assisting prosecution before the International Criminal Court and before ad hoc, hybrid and national courts. Lastly, we will consider litigation in national courts, especially before the United States Federal Court, under constitutional and international law. Conceptually, we will focus on criminal and civil liability of powerful states, powerful corporations and their agents, that is, with respect to harms that concern humanity or nature as a whole, such as rights to thought and association, rights to healthy food and natural resources, and the duty to leave nature (human and nonhuman) alone. As such, the methodology will be practical and strategic, over pressing and rather controversial questions of law and morality, with the objective of cultivating a facility for international legal argument in oral and written form. Uniquely, nevertheless, a secondary objective will be the founding of a winning team for the Phillip 150
C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (as hosted by the International Law Students Association, https ://www.ilsa.org/jessuphome, https ://www.youtube.com/watch ?v= 5s08F3xLrU), and perhaps the ICC Moot Court Competition (as hosted by the International Criminal Court, http ://iccmoot.com/), the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition (as hosted by the University of Leiden and Peace Palace, http :// teldersmoot.com/about-us/) and/or the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition (vismoot.pace.edu). In short, this course will cultivate a love for and capacity for international law and legal argument. It will be a wonderful stepping-stone for a would be lawyer, politician and statesman and indeed, for students who may be devoted to lives in legal and political advocacy, national and international. Required reading : Hart, HLA and Joseph Raz et al. (eds.) (1997 ) The Concept of Law, 2nd ed. (Oxford : Oxford University Press), chap. 10.
INTERPLAY : AN INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Sebastien LANSON (Musician). Pedagogical format : Workshop Course validation : Attendance and participation are paramount throughout the course. A ﬁnal short essay discussing what you've learned, how it has changed the way you play with others and how it could be used in other areas of your life. A ﬁnal concert. Pedagogical method : Each session will be divided into two parts : in the ﬁrst part, we will view, analyze and comment on documents (CDs, videos, lead-sheets, etc.). The second will mostly be dedicated to experimenting (varying group sizes), instrument in hand, with the concepts