Global Governance

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Fall 2012 Course
Meets: M, W 11:40am - 1:00pm
3 classroom credits

In an ever more interconnected global polity, it is no longer sufficient to think of law as an exclusively state-based governance institution. States, international organizations, multinational corporations, NGO’s and individuals are all part of the global processes of norm-generation, law-breaking and law enforcement. Global governance encompasses the study of these diverse transnational processes.

This course identifies the main actors in contemporary global governance and discusses how they interact in various policy settings. The objective is to better understand the evolution of global governance arrangements and what difference they make, in light of globalization and emerging geopolitical changes. Case studies are drawn from a broad range of issue areas, including peace and security, economic relations, human rights, and the environment.

The course addresses how international law functions as one of the tools of global governance. Its aim is neither doctrinal nor theoretical. It seeks to elucidate actual global governance practices, drawing on analytical literatures, case studies and the instructor’s diverse policy experiences in the United Nations and beyond.

Being a cross-registered class with the Kennedy School, this course also offers law students the opportunity to interact with students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including various US and other government departments, the military, international agencies and NGOs.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law .

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