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LAWS6119: The State and Global Governance

2024 unit information

How will Donald Trump's presidency affect international law and international relations How do non-state actors like Islamic State challenge the existing international order How do we respond to international health emergencies, such as the outbreaks of the Zika and Ebola viruses These questions all raise issues of global governance, that is, how international affairs are governed on a global scale. They also raise questions about the roles and capacities of individual states within the global order. This unit explores how current systems of global governance operate, the place of states within those systems, and the significance of law to those systems. In doing so, the unit introduces students to a range of historical and contemporary approaches to understanding the role of law in international affairs, and gives students an opportunity to consider these in relation to current events of global import. The sorts of questions with which the unit is concerned may include the following: Are systems of global governance lawful Are they democratic What is the role of violence in the contemporary global order How does/should international law seek to address pressing transnational issues, such as poverty, environmental degradation, global health threats and human rights abuses. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

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Code LAWS6119
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
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Intensive November 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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