Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2008)

Thursday 1600-1800

Room 545

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098


Topics & final papers

William Morrissey: Failure of the international refugee relief in a region of Croatia

Peter Poulos: The Greek education system as an inhibitor of political and economic progress

White papers and projects

Brad Faber: Realizing Kosovo's comparative economic advantages in agriculture and other sectors

Victoria Hayes: Operation Kosovo

Audrey Mense: Operation Kosovo

Tim Sandusky: Music and political movements

Ylka Seseri: Operation Kosovo

Emily Steere: Operation Kosovo

Joe Panza: Power of Internet and related technologies in the organization and maintainance of revolutionary or insurgent movements


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

31 January: Hayes, Mense, Seseri, Steere: Background on Kosovo and its region; Sandusky: Music's role in organizing political movements

7 February: Discuss: (1) Kosovo developments (map: (2) Music and political movements, (3) Bill Morrissey's thesis, (4) Presidential election

14 February: presentations by Peter Poulos, Bill Morrissey

21 February: presentation by Brad Faber; political music experiment by Tim Sandusky

28 February: presentation by Joe Panza

6 March: Ambassador William Walker

13 March: no class (Prof. Perritt in Kosovo)

20 March: no class (Spring Break)

27 March: Report on Kosova trip; Update and discussion on music and political movements

3 April: Peter Poulos final presentation

10 April: Bill Morrissey final presentation

17 April: Kosovo

24 April:



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 prospects for Kosovo's future as an independent state
  2. Analysis of Turkey's evolving role as a regional power
  3. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  4. Evaluation of ICTY trial of Ramush Haradinaj
  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; application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  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. Evaluating human rights claims asserted in ECHR by PKK leader Ocalan
  11. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  12. Democratization and market reform in Turkministan
  13. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  14. Role of music and art in nationbuilding
  15. Counterterrorism strategies
  16. Economic development and insurgency
  17. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  18. Privatization and "takings"
  19. Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies