Friday, August 15, 2008

Questions for Your Students at the Start of a New Semester

As you start the new semester teaching international law, here are some questions that you might want to ask your students of international law and politics: 

  • Why did Georgia file a case against Russia before the International Court of Justice?  (Discuss the role of the ICJ, legal effects of decisions, and the moral force of ICJ opinions). 
  • Does the ICJ have the power to order Russia to cease its military operations?  (Discuss preliminary measures, can also discuss Mexico v. U.S. here.) 
  • Why did Georgia go to the ICJ instead of the UN Security Council?  (Does Russia have a "veto" on the ICJ like it does on the Security Council?)
  • What is legal theory that Georgia is asserting before the ICJ?  (CERD)
  • What is the role of a court during time of conflict?  (Discuss establishment of ICTY during war in the former Yugoslavia, using Chapter VII as a Peacekeeping measure).

You undoubtedly have thought of other questions now to ask your students in your first class session with them.  Have a good semester.


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