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Introduction to International Law
This UCLA undergraduate course provides an introduction to the basic terms and ideas of international law from a political science perspective.

Introduction to Public International Law
This course from the Boston University Geneva Program introduces students to the main concepts of public international law and provides a global understanding of the laws governing international relations.

Law and UN Organizations
Each week of this course from Chicago-Kent College of Law focuses on a different UN organization to examine the legal and policy issues involved in the functioning of international and intergovernmental organizations.

International Law from a European Perspective
Taught in spring 2011 at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, the course focuses on international law since 2001 and on debates between Europe and the U.S. over the role of international law. It provides an extensive bibliography in international law on issues ranging from the International Convention on the Sea to several weeks devoted to the UN. It also has good suggestions for films on international legal issues, such as Rwanda.

Global Law and Governance
This Harvard University Law School course looks at a range of legal disciplines that examine how global governance functions or attempts to function.

Law and Economic Development
This Harvard University Law School courses examines the past and present role of law in economic development.

Anti-Corruption Law and Development
This course from the University of Houston Law Center has the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) as its centerpiece and examines domestic and international anti-corruption law, including issues such as oil in Africa.

Climate Change and Environmental Law
This page links to climate-related courses taught at Columbia University Law School. One course on climate change law examines the UN's role in international climate change law.

International Tribunals and the Environment
This Rutgers University syllabus from 2006 analyzes how International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, World Trade Organization and NAFTA panels and specialized bodies like the UN Compensation Commission have arbitrated and reviewed recent environmental disputes.

Nuclear Weapons and International Law
This highly detailed syllabus from Fordham University School of Law considers the lawfulness of the threat or use of nuclear weapons under international law, including ICJ decisions. It also covers contemporary proliferation issues in Iran and North Korea. Mostly importantly, for the history of the UN, it deals with the IAEA.

The UN Human Rights System
This Washington College of Law syllabus examines the UN Human Rights System from a legal perspective, including case studies.

International Human Rights Law
This Tufts University Fletcher School of Law introductory survey course acquaints students with international human rights law and procedures.

International Human Rights
The course at Florida State University uses, for its basic material, the course developed by the International Bar Association and the United Nations for the training of lawyers and judges and provides case studies for elaboration upon this.

International Refugee and Asylum Law
This Florida State University course considers international refugee and domestic American asylum law through a series of case studies.

Legal Issues regarding Israel/Palestine
This Harvard Law School course examines the history and legal aspects of the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Comparative Refugee Law
This University of Chicago course looks at human rights, state sovereignty and persecution through the lens of comparative refugee law.

Health and Human Rights in the Law
This St. Thomas University School of Law course analyzes the relationship between modern concepts of health and human rights from an international perspective and examines legal issues arising from these intersections.

Human Rights and the Body in Law and the Humanities
This interdisciplinary course (law, literature, film) at Florida State University studies the historical development of the idea of human rights in both western and non-western traditions and then critically examines contemporary human rights. A specific case study focuses on immigrant women and children.