Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2011)

Thursday 1600-1740

Room 581

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098

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

Tarik Denden: Turkey's emergence as a regional power

Alexandra Katzman: Determinants of EU and OSCE intervention in Kosovo, compared with non-intervention in Belarus.



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

27 January: No class

3 February: Discuss outlines

10 February: Denden presentation

17 February: Katzman presentation

24 February: Discuss Egypt, Lybia, and the Middle East

3 March: Katzman presentation

10 March: no meeting

17 March (no class; Spring Break)

24 March

31 March:

7 April:

14 April:

21 April: n

28 April: Last class


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; future of secession after the ICJ decision on the independent of Kosovo
  2. Future of the Kurds
  3. Turkey's policy toward the Kurds
  4. Theories of international development and foreign aid
  5. Future of the UN Security Council
  6. Protection of property under international human rights law
  7. Analysis of prospects for Kosovo's future as an independent state
  8. Analysis of Turkey's evolving role as a regional power
  9. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  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. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  14. Democratization and market reform in Iraqi Kurdistan
  15. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  16. Role of music and art in nationbuilding
  17. Terrorism and counterterrorism strategies and tactics
  18. Economic development and insurgency
  19. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  20. Privatization and "takings"
  21. Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies