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(POL24308) Law and Politics: (Topics in International Law - Seminar 1)

Course 0000002313 in SS 2019

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Course Type seminar
Semester Weekly Hours 2 SWS
Organisational Unit Chair of International Relations (Prof. Büthe)
Lecturers Zlatina Georgieva
Responsible/Coordination: Tim Büthe
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additional remarks In this seminar, we will discuss a range of issues pertinent to the field of international law that fall into two conceptual clusters – 1) global governance and 2) human rights law. Within the first conceptual cluster, we will start by exploring the topic of international law and its reach – what are the actors, institutions, activities it can and does regulate and what remains beyond its grip. These latter areas [yet] untainted by international law will then be charted out and we will try to answer the question ‘how – if at all – can they be regulated with or beyond the tools of classical international law’? In this context, we will talk about the legal toolkit of international law – treaty and customary law [what we call ‘hard law’], and other, ‘softer’ tools of legal regulation. Within the second conceptual cluster, we will center the discussion on the regime of human rights protection as it has evolved under international and EU law. In particular, we will explore how those two legal regimes operate and interact with each other with respect to human rights. The two core legal instruments we will look at – the CFR (Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union) and the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights) – will be examined in a comparative perspective, while also taking stock of the highly influential and important case law in the area. The concluding seminars will be devoted to examination of case studies that showcase the interactions of human rights with other fields of EU and international regulation, and the interactions between different human rights inter sé. Those interactions are not always smooth and often times lead to conflicts that then have to be solved by balancing different norms under the law – a role traditionally played by courts. For example, think of the right to privacy/the right to be forgotten and how it relates to the economic interest of accumulation of big data by companies such as Google. Should Google’s private economic interest prevail over someone’s right to his [personal] data not being on the web? Also, how does the right of freedom of speech/expression fare if comes in conflict with someone’s right to data protection/privacy? In this seminar, we are going to reflect on these and other similar matters through the lens of the law.
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SemesterTitleLecturersDates
SS 2020 (POL24308) Law and Politics: (Topics in International Law - Seminar 1) Georgieva, Z.
Responsible/Coordination: Büthe, T.
Tue, 13:15–14:45, H.004
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