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CLN4U1 International Law

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International Law

You will not be required to do any reading of the text that is not explicitly mentioned in the powerpoints and handouts provided below.


(1) View Principles of International Law

(There is one reading and one assignment included in this powerpoint.  The source of the information is Chapter 16 of the textbook)


Viewing of the video below is optional

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View International Organizations (information reference: Chapter 17) [Note: there are two reading assignments in the purple box on that page]


View the video "The United Nations:  It's Your World" below

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(2) International Law and Common Heritage (Chapter 18) to be posted

International law plays a particularly important role in issues involving state boundaries and jurisdiction.  As technology pushes state frontiers higher into the air, deeper underground, and broadly across land and sea. the principle of state sovereignty is being constantly challeneged. Interntational law must also play a role in areas such as Antarctica, airspace, and outer space, where there needs to be an effort to balance the interests of sovereign nations with the global community.  It could also be considered that some resources and areas are the common heritage of the world community, and therefore must be protected and developed collaboratively.  These are all considerations in contemporary international law.


Modern Territorial Issues (click the hyperlinks below for information and assignments)

i)  Antarctica and the Arctic

ii) The Oceans

  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982)
  • The Fisheries

iii) Airspace and Outer Space

iV) The Atmosphere - there is not time to explore this topic in any depth.  The important point to make here is that the world community addresses the environmental crisis currently with international treaties, conventions, and agreements(e.g. Kyoto Protocol) that have had limited results.  Everyone understands that the effort must be made by all, but few agree on what shape that effort should take or on how serious the crisis is.  The issue for sovereign governments is who is responsible for the atmosphere in their territory.  The issue for the international community is how regulations can be put into effect that do not step on sovereign toes and still be effective.  Non-governmental groups such as Greenpeace have tried to hasten debate by being actively involved in raising awareness and taking a stand against initiatives that they feel are a threat to the environment.  Unfortunately, their direct action campaigns have, at times, broken the law, which have gotten them into trouble and made governments and businesses less willing to hear their message.


(3) Military Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Chapter 19)

                click the link to access the assignments


(4) Final Assignment (Policy Brief)



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