Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Teachers : Martina SMUCLEROVA (Maître de conférences, conseillère du gouvernement tchèque aux Nations unies). Pedagogical format : Lecture and tutorials Senior lecturers : Sandrine BRACHOTTE (Doctorante en droit à Sciences Po), Marion BRIATTA (Doctorante contractuelle), Christophe FABRE (Avocat), Sarah GOGEL (Directrice executive), Diane KHAIR (Auto entrepreneur), Daniel VENTURA (Doctorant), Helen YU (Teaching fellow). Course validation : Mid term & ﬁnal in-class exam + a series of exercises during class discussions. Pedagogical method : A 2-hour lecture & a 2-hour discussion section. Course Description : The course Introduction to Public International Law offers a panorama of international law norms regulating the peaceful existence and continuous development of international society, mainly inter-State relations. The rules and their knowledge thus constitute fundamental pillars of the overall understanding of international relations and politics as well as their impact on national decision-making. The aim of the course is both to learn the norms and to acquire capacity to apply them to particular world affairs and main judicial cases. Issues like State sovereignty and its limits, peaceful settlement of disputes, coercive measures and the use of force as ultima ratio, human rights standards and their enforcement and the role of supranational institutions will be studied. The underlying line is the identiﬁcation of the sources of international law, the subjects bound by its norms as well as the consequences of the violation of international law. Finally a complete framework of international law and its position beside foreign and international policy, economy, religion and international ethics will crystalize. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
Teachers : Jon Marco CHURCH (Maître de conférences des universités). Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : Class participation (10%) ; Discussion of a scientiﬁc article (30%) ; Mid-term exam (20%) ; Final exam (40%). Course Description : The quest for sustainability is part of our longstanding effort to choose the future we want. The transition to sustainability is the transition from the biosphere to the noosphere, from the law of the ﬁttest to that of reason. Advances in the understanding of coupled human-environment systems, abundance of data, and increased processing power open up new possibilities for a rigorous approach to sustainability and for evidence based development. Our future depends on our capacity to innovate, the intelligent use of information, and our ability to interpret it. Over the past decade, scholars from several disciplines joined forces to study these dynamics. A new discipline is emerging from these efforts and it is known as “sustainability science”. Harvard University's Bill Clark deﬁnes these efforts as the use-inspired and place-based “research, training, and invention that can inform action for sustainable development”. This seminar is an introduction to this new discipline, its themes, ﬁndings, debates, as well as unresolved research questions. Participants will critically discuss a set of papers covering the ﬁeld in a systematic way, drawing on and integrating contemporary research from political science, resource economics, development studies, geography, ecology, earth systems science, health sciences, and engineering. This seminar is based on a curriculum developed by a consortium of US based universities, including Arizona State University, Columbia, Harvard, and Minnesota. This course starts with an introductory lecture on sustainability science and is followed by six seminars where students will discuss three papers per seminar. The class will be divided in three groups. Each group and therefore each student is expected to discuss one paper per week. On a rotation basis, two students will be presenting jointly, while the remaining members of their group act as discussants. The discussion will be facilitated by the instructor, who will wrap up the seminar giving