Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2007)

Thursday 1600-1800

Room 545

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098


Topics & final papers

Melinda Bair: Tax Policy as a Mechanism to Secure Kosovo's Independence: A Proposal to Reform the UNMIK Tax Regulations

Joanna D. Benjamin: Drug Cartels Effects on Corruption Within Mexican Law Enforcement and Society

Matthew R. Bloom: Will Chavez succeed?

Kelly L. Gawne: How Music Facilitated Nationalism in the Past and How Music Can Facilitate Nationalism Today

Hunter Hogan: Jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals over individuals not attached to armed groups

Julie M. Huner: Using Multilateralism to Establish a Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula

David T. Zafiratos: Democratization in post-Soviet Russia


25 January: Get acquainted, discuss interests, select paper topics

1 February: Hunter Hogan: lead discussion of war-crimes prosecutions of indviduals not connected to armed groups

8 February: Mat Bloom: lead discussion - will Chavez succeed? Copy of pre-war DOD briefing slides on Iraq invasion

15 February: Julie Huner: lead discussion - Korea's future

22 February: David Zafiratos: Russian democracy; Kelly Gawne: art, music, drama, literature and nationalism

1 March: Joanna Benjamin: reforming the Mexican police

8 March: HHP presentation on KLA and nationbuilding experience in Kosovo

[no class on 15 March (Spring Break)]

22 March: Hunter Hogan - Liability under International Criminal Law of one not attached to a fighting force

29 March: Julie Huner - Korea's future

5 April: David Zafiratos - Democratization in Russia; Mat Bloom - Venezuela

12 April: Kelly Gawne - music as a force for nationalism

19 April: Joanna Benjamin - Rooting out Mexican police corruption

26 April: tba

3 May (last class): Discuss future of U.S. foreign policy



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. Read Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Making International Criminal Law Realistic (draft - Word file))
  8. Read 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

Good source of good reports on Kosovo, from before the war to now

Diplomatic corps restructured

Musical support for Kim Jong Il's cult of personality

Possible topics

  1. Venezuala nationalization program: legal issues
  2. ECHR review of facets of Kosovo privatization
  3. Evaluation of trial strategies in ICTY trial of Ramush Haradinaj
  4. Jurisdiction by war crimes tribunals over individuals not attached to a fighting force
  5. Jurisdictional prerequisite for an "armed conflict" in courts trying war crimes
  6. Guerrilla practice and how it should shape customary international law of armed conflict
  7. Evaluation of ICTY, ICC rules in light of U.S. debate over Military Tribunals in Guantanamo
  8. Extinguishing old (1930s/1950s) claims by Cuban exiles resident in U.S. as a "Taking"
  9. Pursuing an anti-corruption initiative in Kosovo; designing a program to investigate and prosecute human trafficking in Kosovo
  10. Assessing the future of the PKK - Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (military; political sociology)
  11. Evaluating human rights claims asserted in ECHR by PKK leader Ocalan
  12. Authority for UN Security Council to create a new state in Kosovo or Iraq
  13. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  14. Democratization and market reform in Turkministan
  15. Evaluating final status implementation in Kosovo
  16. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  17. Role of music and art in nationbuilding
  18. Application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  19. "Just wars" in the 21st Century
  20. Counterterrorism strategies
  21. Economic development strategies for Afghanistan
  22. Economic development strategies for Iraq
  23. Economic development and insurgency
  24. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  25. History of the Kosova Liberation Army ("KLA") and other insurgencies, emphasizing methods used by insurgents
  26. Privatization and "takings"
  27. Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies