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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
• Jurisdiction
• 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.

  1. What are the sources of international law? How is global governance achieved legally?
    • Westphalia
    • treaties
    • customary practices
    • natural law
    • compliance and violation
    • human rights
    • IOs such as the UN
    • International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice
  2. How are human rights protected in the international system?
    • natural law
    • positive law
    • UN
    • 1948 declaration
    • 1966 covenants
    • International Criminal Court, with application to individuals
  3. 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.
    • reciprocity
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Discuss the roles of IGOs and NGOs in the international system. How does their participation impact state sovereignty?
    • define IGO; role of state
    • examples
    • define NGO; role of state
    • examples


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