Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Fall 2007)

Wednesday 1600-1800

Room 545

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098


Topics & final papers

Frank H. Bieszczat: Turkey and the PKK from a Turkish Point of View

Robert D. Connealy: A Moving Target: Accountability and Regulation of America’s War-Fighting Contractors

Adam Cumberworth: Inter-racial tension as a barrier to full development of Brazil's potential

Ausaf K. Farooqi: Islamic state in the 21 century

Lubna S. el Gendi: Epidemics in Failed States: The Legality of Quarantine and International Intervention

Elizabeth Koehn: Redefining Armed Conflict as a Jurisdictional Prerequisite

Eric Oddo: The Battle Between Territorial Integrity and Self Determination: An Examination of Hard Partition as a Possible Outcome of Iraq

Alex Rackow: Does the UN Security Council have Authority to create new States?

Sulekha Tummala: Kosovo, Darfur and the gap in Humanitarian Intervention


29 August: Get acquainted, discuss interests, select paper topics

5 September: Tummala & Koehn

12 September: no class--university holiday

19 September: Rackow & Conneally

26 September: el Gendi & Bieszczat

3 October: Farooqi & Oddo

10 October: Cumberworth

17 October: Perritt - KLA

24 October: Reviewer presentations on papers

31 October: Second presentations: Koehn, Connealy, Bieszczat

7 November: Second presentations: Oddo, Cumberworth, Farooqi

14 November: Second presentations: Rackow, Tummala, el Gendi

21 November: No class meeting

28 November: FBI Special Agent Travis Carlisle (tentative)

6 December (last class): discussion of U.S. foreign policy in the next administration


First day assignment:

  1. Read Course description
  2. Read seminar "rules"
  3. Browse student topics and papers from previous semesters (go up one level and click on the semester)
  4. Browse Operation Kosovo home page (
  5. Skim list of possible topics (you are not limited to these)
  6. Read Kosovo Anti-Corruption report (.html) (Word)
  7. Skim Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Making International Criminal Law Realistic (draft - Word file))
  8. Skim Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Structures and Standards for Political Trusteeships, 8 UCLA J. INT’L LAW & FOR AFF. 385 (2003) [Word version] in its entirety.
  9. Read pages 286-302 (nn 81-121 and accompanying text) of Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Economic Sustainability and Final Status for Kosovo, 25 U. PA. J. INT’L ECON. LAW 259 (2004) [Word version]).
  10. Browse Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Iraq and the Future of U. S. Foreign Policy: Failures of Legitimacy, ___ Syr. J. Int'l L. ___ (2005) (Microsoft Word version)
  11. Read Note on Hernando deSoto
  12. Come to class prepared to discuss these materials and to engage in a serious discussion about your topic or possible topics.

Other materials

Diplomatic corps restructured

Musical support for Kim Jong Il's cult of personality

Possible topics

  1. Analysis of aspects of final status negotiation for Kosovo
  2. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  3. Evaluation of trial strategies in ICTY trial of Ramush Haradinaj
  4. Jurisdictional prerequisite for an "armed conflict" in courts trying war crimes
  5. Guerrilla practice and how it should shape customary international law of armed conflict; application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  6. Evaluation of ICTY, ICC rules in light of U.S. debate over Military Tribunals in Guantanamo
  7. Extinguishing old (1930s/1950s) claims by Cuban exiles resident in U.S. as a "Taking"
  8. Pursuing an anti-corruption initiative in Kosovo; designing a program to investigate and prosecute human trafficking in Kosovo
  9. Assessing the future of the PKK - Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (military; political sociology)
  10. Evaluating human rights claims asserted in ECHR by PKK leader Ocalan
  11. Authority for UN Security Council to create a new state in Kosovo or Iraq
  12. Assessing the "three-state" solution for Iraq
  13. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  14. Democratization and market reform in Turkministan
  15. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  16. Role of music and art in nationbuilding
  17. "Just wars" in the 21st Century
  18. Counterterrorism strategies
  19. Economic development strategies for Afghanistan
  20. Economic development strategies for Iraq
  21. Economic development and insurgency
  22. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  23. History of the Kosova Liberation Army ("KLA") and other insurgencies, emphasizing methods used by insurgents
  24. Privatization and "takings"
  25. Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies