Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Fall 2012)

Thursday 1600-1740


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

Jeremy Abrams: The Tea Party and the Muslim Brotherhood: Who they are and How American News Media Gets it Wrong

Alex Banzhaf: Combating Hacktivism: An Analysis of a Growing New Online Threat and a Corresponding

Samantha Buckley: The Good Intentions of Law: Effectiveness of the International Criminal Court in Deterring Future International Crimes

Liz Kelliher-Paz: The Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia: A Trial of Errors

Margaret Livingston: Gender Wars: What is Systematic Rape-as-Policy?

David G. McKenzie: The Emperor Is Far Away: Rule of Law Issues in Modern China

Paul Sobanski: The Gülen Model: How Kemalism Liberalized Islam

Charles VanVranKen: Protection of property under international human-rights law



30 August: Get acquainted, discuss interests, select paper topics

6 September: Discuss outlines

13 September: First presentation: Banzhaf, Buckley, Kelliher-Paz, Livingston, Ready

20 September: First presentation: Abrams, McKenzie, Sobanski, Van VranKen

27 September: Chris Cue, leading discussion of asymmetric warfare: military aspects

4 October: Chris Cue, leading discussion of building political and legal institutions in conflict and post-conflict situations

11 October: Paper status reports

18 October: David McKenzie presentation

25 October: Seth Heim: intelligence collection, terrorism (including cyberterrorism), clandestine political intervention

1 November: Jeremy Abrams and Margaret Livingston presentations

8 November: Alex Banzhaf presentation

15 November: Semantha Buckley & Liz Kelleher-Paz presentations

22 November (no class; Thanksgiving)

29 November: Paul Sobanski & Charles VanVranken presentations

6 December: Course evaluation questionnaires and visit to watering hole


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. Skim list of possible topics (you are not limited to these)
  5. 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.
  6. Read Note on Hernando deSoto
  7. Come to class prepared to discuss these materials and to engage in a serious discussion about your topic or possible topics.

Other materials

Musical support for Kim Jong Il's cult of personality

Possible topics

  1. Cyberwar attacks and defenses
  2. Effect of UN-sanctioned Lybian intervention on international law ("Responsibility to Protect" doctrine)
  3. Legality of killing of Osama Bin Laden
  4. Legality of targeted drone strikes
  5. Declarations of independence and recognition: Kosovo and South Ossetia; future of secession after the ICJ decision on the independent of Kosovo
  6. Future of the Kurds
  7. Turkey's policy toward the Kurds
  8. Theories of international development and foreign aid
  9. Future of the UN Security Council
  10. Protection of property under international human rights law
  11. Analysis of prospects for Kosovo's future as an independent state
  12. Analysis of Turkey's evolving role as a regional power
  13. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  14. Guerrilla practice and how it should shape customary international law of armed conflict; application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  15. Evaluation of ICTY, ICC rules in light of U.S. debate over Military Tribunals in Guantanamo
  16. Extinguishing old (1930s/1950s) claims by Cuban exiles resident in U.S. as a "Taking"
  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, theatre, movies, 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 countries in transition
  26. Practicalities of reforming legal systems