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Liab & Enforc:Crim & Int'l Law

This seminar examines accountability in international and criminal law. The course will begin by unpacking the term "accountability". Dictionary definitions of accountability typically involve the condition of being liable, answerable, or responsible. Yet, when applied to international and criminal law, understanding (1) who monitors the action, (2) who is liable for a behavior, (3) the processes and standards for which the accountable behavior is judged, and (4) the effects of breaching those standards, the situation becomes more complex. After discussing the conceptualization of accountability, the bulk of the course focuses on the difficulties of achieving accountability in the international system, a setting where in certain cases, the rule of law is weak. Specific attention is given to challenges in achieving domestic accountability with international law, obtaining compliance with international courts, and in increasing accountability with human rights. The course then examines challenges in international and domestic criminal law, giving students close exposure to static and dynamic theories of deterrence, and focusing on the challenge of regulating crimes of addiction. Although there will be a focus on works by legal scholars, the course will also be interdisciplinary in its approach to certain topics, relying on works from the humanities and social sciences. Specifically, the course will explore works from political science that will shed light on topics such as the design of international institutions, the relationship between international and domestic law, and the role of reputation in the international system. Works in philosophy and economics that lay the groundwork for deterrence will also be discussed. As a result, this course fulfills the "Perspective Elective" requirement. Course Materials: All of the readings will be available in a course reader ("CR") available at the Northwestern Bookstore in Abbott Hall and on Blackboard. I may assign additional readings throughout the semester. These readings will be posted on Blackboard, and I will provide copies for you as well. Response Papers: Three response papers of 3-4 double-spaced pages (approximately 750-1,000 words) are required in reaction to the week's readings. These are due the Monday before seminar at 4:00 p.m. Chicago time. The three papers will count toward 20 percent of your final grade, with each response paper comprising roughly 6.67 percent of the final grade. Papers should be sent via email to me and to my assistant, Aaron Horton. Class Participation: Participation in class will count for 10 percent of the final grade. Class participation grades will be based on quality of the participation during class, rather than on quantity. Throughout the semester, I will mainly call on volunteers, but I reserve the right to call on those who do not volunteer to ensure relatively even participation. Class Presentation: We will reserve the last few class meetings for class presentations. You will be required to present a current draft of your paper and also do a 10-15 minute presentation to the class. The presentation is designed to provide constructive feedback on your paper, and therefore will not count toward the final grade. Note that we may have to schedule 1-2 extra sessions for presentations based on the number of students enrolled in the class. Final Paper: A final paper of approximately 20-25 double-spaced pages (5,000-6,250 words) is due by 4:00 p.m. Chicago time on May 4. The paper will count toward 70 percent of the final course grade, and all paper topics must be approved by me in advance.


Catalog Number: CONPUB 727


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Liab & Enforc:Crim & Int'l Law
Faculty: de Figueiredo, Miguel (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 8