International Law Essay Questions
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Questions & Answers: International Law offers multiple choice questions and a final practice essay exam covering a wide array of areas likely to be addressed in any International Law course. The areas covered include:
• Principles of International Law
• Sources of International Law
• The United Nations
• The Use of Force and Humanitarian Law
• International Criminal and Human Rights Law
• Indigenous Peoples
• International Environmental Law
• The Law of the Sea; and
• International Trade Law
Like the other titles in the Questions & Answers Series, each multiple-choice question in Questions & Answers: International Law is accompanied by a detailed answer indicating which of the choices is the best answer and explains why that answer is better than the other choices. And each short-answer question is followed by a model answer.
Following each question are suggested points or terms to include in a response. Think about the connection and how you would include the item.
- What are the sources of international law? How is global governance achieved legally?
- customary practices
- natural law
- compliance and violation
- human rights
- IOs such as the UN
- International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice
- How are human rights protected in the international system?
- natural law
- positive law
- 1948 declaration
- 1966 covenants
- International Criminal Court, with application to individuals
- Do states comply with international law? Why or why not?
- states frequently violate international law (realism).
- compliance with international law is more common than not (liberalism).
- moral imperative to obey international law
- framework for the conduct of global affairs
- states fear reprisals, sanctions.
- How has international law addressed war and aggression?
- rights of belligerents
- rights of neutral states during war
- UN charter allows for self-defense.
- conventions seek to limit the means of warfare.
- Discuss the evolution of an IGO for collective security. How did the international community create the United Nations?
- define collective security
- Concert of Europe: why started, why failed
- League of Nations: why started, why failed
- UN: how different
- functions, organs
- Discuss the roles of IGOs and NGOs in the international system. How does their participation impact state sovereignty?
- define IGO; role of state
- define NGO; role of state