International law has in many ways become synonymous with its institutions: the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and regional bodies such as the European Union, the Commonwealth, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. This topic will examine the origins and nature of the institutions of international law, and will consider the role that they play both legally and politically.
During the topic, we will explore the history and current role of the United Nations in global affairs and international law, the operation of international judicial institutions, and the place of regional organisations as unique international actors. We will also look at some of the institutional regulation of private international law and its place within the larger global structure.
This topic aims to teach students to: