Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2010)

Thursday 1600-1740

Room 581

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098


Song: We're Bringing Back SAE

Important: read the "Rules" posted on the webpage just above this one. Those rules define how you will be evaluated and graded in the seminar.

Participants and paper topics

Stephanie Bowman: The future of Bahai in Iran

Sondra Furcajg: Do truth-and-reconciliation commissions or war crimes tribunals provide better transitional justice?

Rishi Nair: Cooling off Kashmir with cricket and film

Justin Rearick-Hoefflicker: How the ICJ should decide the Kosovo independence case



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

28 January: Bowman initial presentation

4 February: Nair initial presentation

11 February: Furcajg initial presentation

18 February: Rearick-Hoefflicker initial presentation

25 February: The Kurds (materials to read in advance); also read HHP blog on CK faculty blog website

25 March: Nationalist insurgencies: determinants of success; case studies of the KLA and IRA (Chris Griffin guest presenter)


1 April: Dynamics of negotiation

8 April: Rearick-Hoefflicker final presentation

15 April: Sondra Furcajg final presentation

22 April: Rishi Nair final presentation

29 April: Stephanie Bowman final presentation


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. ICJ case on the independence of Kosovo
  3. Future of the Kurds
  4. Turkey's policy toward the Kurds
  5. Theories of international development and foreign aid
  6. Future of the UN Security Council
  7. Protection of property under international human rights law
  8. Legal issues associated with Kosovo participation in U.S.Sports Film Festival
  9. Alien Tort Act claim by government of Republic of Kosovo against Serbia
  10. Analysis of prospects for Kosovo's future as an independent state
  11. Analysis of Turkey's evolving role as a regional power
  12. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  13. Guerrilla practice and how it should shape customary international law of armed conflict; application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  14. Evaluation of ICTY, ICC rules in light of U.S. debate over Military Tribunals in Guantanamo
  15. Extinguishing old (1930s/1950s) claims by Cuban exiles resident in U.S. as a "Taking"
  16. Evaluating human rights claims asserted in ECHR by PKK leader Ocalan
  17. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  18. Democratization and market reform in Iraqi Kurdistan
  19. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  20. Role of music and art in nationbuilding
  21. Terrorism and counterterrorism strategies and tactics
  22. Economic development and insurgency
  23. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  24. Privatization and "takings"
  25. Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies