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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

CJS 138 - International Law and Human Rights

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
Introduces students to the scope and sources of international law, jurisdiction and dispute mechanism in the international community. Students will explore fundamental human rights, focusing on genocide, civil rights, and war crimes. Students will also discuss arms control and the laws of war.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .

Crosslisted: Also offered as LGS 138 ; credit is not given for both CJS 138 and LGS 138 .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify subjects of international law
    • Describe states
    • Describe the concept of government
    • Explain the role of agencies and consulates
    • Describe the purpose, role and authority of international organizations
    • Describe the role of individuals in impacting the international community
  • Explain the role of the United Nations and international organizations in making, enforcing and adjudicating international law
    • Locate the United Nations Charter
    • Describe the nature and function of the United Nations
    • Define international constitutional supremacy
    • Identify U.N. organs
    • Describe the binding character of U.N. resolutions
    • Describe the U.N.’s legislative activities
    • Identify U.N. Specialized Agencies and describe their role
    • Identity U.N. member states
  • Define the scope of international law and its enforceability
    • Locate and describe primary sources of international law
    • Locate and describe secondary sources of international law
    • Explain the relevance of international law in the the global community
    • Explain how domestic and international laws are in harmony and/or conflict
  • Chart the process of negotiating, ratifying, observing and terminating treaties
    • Explain what a treaty is
    • Explain how countries enter into treaties
    • Explain how countries consent to be bound by treaties
    • Compare and contrast how the U.S. ratifies treaties with how other countries ratify treaties
    • Explain what a reservation is and when a country has a right to make reservations
    • Explain the legal effect of a reservation
    • Define Pacta sunt servanda
    • Describe how treaties may be invalidated
    • Provide examples of how treaties may be breached
  • Compare and contrast principles of international jurisdiction
    • Describe presumptions under U.S. Law
    • Identify and describe the permissible bases of jurisdiction under international law
    • Compare and contrast jurisdiction to prescribe, jurisdiction to adjudicate and jurisdiction to enforce
    • Identify and describe immunities from jurisdiction
  • Identify and define fundamental human rights
    • Describe rights arising out of the United Nations Charter/Bill of Human Rights
    • Identify major treaties protecting human rights
    • Describe the right of self-determination
    • Describe the rights of indigenous peoples
    • Describe civil and political rights
    • Identify historical and current instances of genocide in violation of human rights
    • Identify historical and current instances of slavery in violation of human rights
  • Compare and contrast regional systems of preserving human rights
    • Describe the composition and role of the Organization of American States
    • Describe the composition and role of the Council of Europe
    • Describe the composition and role of the African Union
    • Describe the European System
    • Identify institutions of the European Regime
    • Describe the Process of Implementation and Enforcement under the European System
    • Describe the Inter-American System
    • Describe the protections afforded by eh American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Men
    • Explain the relationship between the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the OAS
  • Explain the role of the United Nations in preserving human rights
    • Chart the historic development of the Security Council, its powers and charge
    • Describe the impact of Chapter VI: Pacific Settlement of Disputes
    • Describe the impact of Chapter VII: Action with Respect to THreats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression
  • Explain the role of the United Nations and states in peacekeeping
    • Compare and contrast state as pro-interventionists and anti-interventionists
    • Identify sources of the Law of Armed Conflict
    • Identify and describe historic and current actions by the U.N. Security Council
  • Explain the rights of states to use force
    • Identify the general prohibition on the use of force
    • Describe the inherent right to self defense and identify whether such right extends to preemptive attacks
    • Chart the history of arms control in the contect of conventional, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons
    • Explain the Hague Convention and its impact on armed conflict
    • Describe the Geneva Convention and its impact on armed conflict
  • Identify and apply international legal principles relevant to current issues and events in global politics
    • Research current international disputes
    • Describe the role and actions of the U.N. and states in handling current issues related to weapons of mass destruction, self-defense and human rights issues
  • Prepare legal brief on current issues in global politics, focusing on legal principles, rather than political, economic or policy concerns
    • Research international treaties
    • Research international agreements
    • Research judicial and arbital decisions of the International Court of Justice, EC Court, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, WTO, NAGTA, and ITLOS
    • Draft legal arguments
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking