Campus Europe-Asie, Le Havre
Pedagogical method : This course encourages active participation of students based on readings that should be covered before class. Lectures will be informal, and searching, in grasping difﬁcult questions of law and morality and in cultivating substantial and original research papers. In this way, this course will prepare students for advanced study and research in law, statesmanship and philosophy, and will develop in students a capacity for critical thinking and writing. Information on papers will be forthcoming. Generally, papers provide an opportunity to critically engage with any dimension of philosophy and public international law, to display a grasp of legal and moral philosophy, and to assume a position that remains respectful of contrary arguments. Research papers should be structured as an argument, in the style and format of a publishable paper. Whilst topics of interest are strongly encouraged, topics may include, after early discussion with your poor teacher, any of the following : The Universal and Absolute Right to Liberty of Conscience The Universal Right to Liberty of Expression and Fair Trial International Law as Primitive Law : A Response to HLA Hart The ‘Rule of International Law' as a Realistic Utopia The Realistic Utopia of a One World Government The Case for State Sovereignty vis-à-vis a Global Order Deliberation of Hard International Cases in Natural [Positive, Rawlsian] Thought The Realistic Utopia of International Courts that Enjoy Compulsory Jurisdiction and Binding Case Law China's View of International Law and Justice Toward a Regional System of Human Rights in Asia What are the Limits of Tolerance for Shari'ah Law The Right of States to Produce and Bear, Sell and Use Weapons of Mass Destruction The Legality of Preemptive and Preventive SelfDefense of States The Legal and Ethical Limitations of Arms Sales : Are States and Corporations Culpable for Atrocities ?
What's Right about Rights Theory ? What Obligations for Failed States ? Do Failed States Have a Right to Exist ? The Case for Economic [In]Equality between States The Obligation to End Cyclical Wars Does Nature Itself Have Value ? ‘Crimes against Nature' : A Theory of Moral Obligation Legal Reasoning and a Defense of God : Accommodating Moral Reality in Modern Culture Intuition, Conscience and Deliberation in International Law Evidence and Consciousness Belief, Conscience and
Is There a Unity to Reason ? The New Natural Law, Limitations and Promise in Modern Culture Is There a Purpose to Humanity ? A Critical Assessment of ‘Singularity' and ‘Transhumanism' Course Description : This course explores the philosophical foundations of public international law and its jurisprudence by seizing on ﬁctions of international reasoning, and by addressing areas where international norms are absent, or where norms are present but irreconcilably in conﬂict. As such this course is an attempt to save international law from itself, or rather, a study of international law and its legitimacy in its gaps and schizophrenia. This course is divided into three sections. The ﬁrst explores the philosophical roots and contemporary contours of international law that are implied, though rarely expressed, in the course of International Court of Justice cases and other, public, expressions of international law. The second, following the best philosophical arguments that can be found, supports the idea of action over moral objects across political and cultural borders, as in the case of human rights, the justiﬁability of intervention, the obligation to others around the world, and the obligation to animal life, the environment and nature. In all such cases, the overriding concern is the hope of locating modes of reasoning that might ﬁll gaps of law and provide a source of legitimacy and direction for international legal practice. 163