Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Perspective Electives

200: Emerging Issues in Public International Law

Credit Hours



Over the past several decades, largely within the context of international organizations, the global legal community has faced complications posed by the threat of terrorism and the reemergence of genocide. As a result of these developments, there has been a reexamination of the traditional role of the sovereign state as the constitutive element of public international law. Consequently, there is an emerging trend to regard, at least by some, the need to augment the role of the sovereign state with that of the international organization to respond to these new global challenges. A principle illustration of this is the concept of the "responsibility to protect". Readings will be taken from primary sources (especially documents of international organizations) as well as contemporary secondary sources, principally scholarly articles. Students will be required to purchase a short book that introduces the major topics of public international law.