Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2009)

Thursday 1600-1740

Room 545

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098


Final papers

Chris Bailey: Return to Pragmatism: The International Criminal Court's Place in the International Arena

Ian Johnson: The Failure of Economic Sanctions

Joe Opron: The Right to Water Paradox: How Commoditization and "Collective Bargaining Can Bring Water to the Poor Rural Masses

Joe Panza: Prosecuting Donald Rumsfeld: A New Framework for Approaching the Relationship Between International and Domestic Law

Katie Woody: Truth and Justice: The Role of Truth Commissions in Post-Conflict Societies



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

29 January: Bailey/Panza initial presentation

26 February: Discuss implications of Kosovo's independence

Woody - effectiveness of UN Security Council
Bailey - European policymaking
Opron - US approach to multilateralism
Panza - Russia and Serbia
Johnson - Legality of independence

5 March: Discussion with Aaron Boeder about KFOR experience

12 March:

19 March: no class (Spring Break)

26 March: Final Woody presentation/Elissa Golberg, former Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan [to be sorted out]

2 April: Final Opron presentation

9 April: Final Bailey presentation

16 April: Final Panza presentation

23 April: Final Johnson presentation

30 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., Structures and Standards for Political Trusteeships, 8 UCLA J. INT’L LAW & FOR AFF. 385 (2003) [Word version] in its entirety.
  8. Read Note on Hernando deSoto
  9. 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. Declarations of independence and recognition: Kosovo and South Ossetia
  2. Protection of property under international human rights law
  3. Legal issues associated with Kosovo participation in U.S.Sports Film Festival
  4. Alien Tort Act claim by government of Republic of Kosovo against Serbia
  5. Analysis of prospects for Kosovo's future as an independent state
  6. Analysis of Turkey's evolving role as a regional power
  7. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  8. Evaluation of ICTY trial of Ramush Haradinaj
  9. Jurisdictional prerequisite for an "armed conflict" in courts trying war crimes
  10. Guerrilla practice and how it should shape customary international law of armed conflict; application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  11. Evaluation of ICTY, ICC rules in light of U.S. debate over Military Tribunals in Guantanamo
  12. Extinguishing old (1930s/1950s) claims by Cuban exiles resident in U.S. as a "Taking"
  13. Pursuing an anti-corruption initiative in Kosovo; designing a program to investigate and prosecute human trafficking in Kosovo
  14. Evaluating human rights claims asserted in ECHR by PKK leader Ocalan
  15. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  16. Democratization and market reform in Turkministan
  17. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  18. Role of music and art in nationbuilding
  19. Counterterrorism strategies
  20. Economic development and insurgency
  21. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  22. Privatization and "takings"
  23. Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies