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61876-01 - Seminar: Deconstructing International Law: Constitutionalism, Multilateralism, and beyond 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2021
Course frequency Once only
Lecturers Toshiki Mogami (, Assessor)
Content This course intends to confront the most fundamental, yet long neglected question of international law: Is international law effective in constructing world order? It is a matter of course that international law is necessary for the construction and maintenance of world order, but we tend to take it unduly for granted that international law is working (i.e., effective) in its own way. But this optimism or overestimation may simply be tempting us to lose sight of the structural defects and weakness of international law. Many fundamental questions are before us: Is international legal order a solid order? Does it solve many of the world order problems? Does international ever exist?
The instructor will give brief lectures for the topic that he will present to you at the beginning of the course, which will be followed by your presentation on the basis of the various readings given you before the start of the semester. Then a discussion will follow each time.
Learning objectives This course is meant to guide the students into the most fundamental (i.e., most difficult) question of international law described above, but the students are not expected to be already advanced in the discipline. On the contrary, fresh insights from non-experts are desired so that we may be able to break ground to confront a kind of impasse in international law. Of course, in the course of developing the individual topics, you are expected to increase the basic, corresponding knowledge of international law, much of which will also be taught by the instructor.
Bibliography Itemized journal articles will be shown before the start of the semester, but overall, the following will be instrumental in acquiring the sense of the basic questions to be dealt with in the course.
Martti Koskenniemi, The Gentle Civilizer of Nations, Cambridge U.P.
Ditto, From Apology to Utopia, Cambridge U.P.
Bardo Fassbender et al. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford U.P.
Anne Orford et al. (eds)., The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law, Oxford U.P.
Antonio Cassese (ed.), Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law
Ulrich Fastenrath et al. (eds.), From Bilateralism to Community Interest: Essays in Honour of Judge Bruno Simma, Oxford U.P.
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Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 29.09.2021 – 22.12.2021
Time Wednesday, 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -

Please note that the first session of the seminar will be held on 29 September 2021.

Date Time Room
Wednesday 29.09.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 06.10.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 13.10.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 20.10.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 27.10.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 03.11.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 10.11.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 17.11.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 24.11.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 01.12.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 08.12.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 15.12.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 22.12.2021 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules European Studies: Recommendations (PhD subject European Global Studies)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master's degree program Cultural Techniques)
Specialization module: International Law (Master's Studies: Law)
Specialization module: International Law (Master's Studies: Law (bilingue))
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Internationale Organisationen (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Staatlichkeit, Entwicklung und Globalisierung (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Wahlbereich Master Rechtswissenschaft (EUCOR): Empfehlungen (Master's Studies: Law (Eucor))
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,5
Repeated registration no repetition
Responsible faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Offered by Europainstitut