Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring, 2005)

Tuesdays 4-6 PM

Room 547

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098

Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar

(312) 906-5012


Discussion topics


Sara Dahlquist: Kosovo tourism

Jennifer Holder: Influence of American legal system in developing countries: claims resolution mechanisms for Cuba

Michele Kessler: Financial intermediation strategy for post-Castro Cuba: banks, stock exchanges, hedge funds, and chambers of commerce

Morgan McGough: The Basque Movement and ETA

Chris Pickett: Impact of political sociology in Iraq on the content of post-invasion Iraqi law

Juan Rosales: American foreign policy toward post-Castro Cuba

Chris Shepherd: Tactical military doctrine for insurgency and counter-insurgency

Andrew Strong: The Spanish Civil War; the Basque Movement and ETA

Nick Vogel: Kosovo tourism

Molly Wretzky: Practical nuts and bolts of anti-corruption initiatives (especially structural reforms) to enhance nationbuilding, focusing on judicial corruption in Cuba

Rachel Zahorsky: Global market for arms and legal regimes for arms control



25 January: Dahlquist/Vogel (Evolution of Kosovo) - Adjourn by 1710

1 February: Pickett (Political prospects in Iraq after the elections); review all outlines

8 February: Rosales (American foreign policy toward Cuba);

15 February: Shepherd (Tactical military doctrines for insurgencies and counter-insurgency); Zahorsky (International arms market); Strong/McGough (Spanish Civil War; Basque ETA)

22 February: Besim Beqaj

1 March: Holder (American legal system's influence); Kessler (Financial intermediation for Cuba)

First day assignment:

1. Read Cuban materials indicated below

2. Read Course description

3. Browse Operation Kosovo home page

4. Skim list of possible topics (you are not limited to these)

5. Read Structures and Standards for Political Trusteeships (linked below) in its entirety.

6. Read pages 286-302 (nn 81-121 and accompanying text) of the Economic Sustainability article (linked below).

7. Come to class prepared to discuss these materials and to engage in a serious discussion about your topic or possible topics.

Course description

Operation Kosovo home page:


Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Structures and Standards for Political Trusteeships, 8 UCLA J. INT’L LAW & FOR AFF. 385 (2003) [Word version]

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Economic Sustainability and Final Status for Kosovo, 25 U. PA. J. INT’L ECON. LAW 259 (2004) [Word version]

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Iraq and the Future of U. S. Foreign Policy: Failures of Legitimacy, ___ Syr. J. Int'l L. ___ (2005)

Note on Hernando deSoto

Good source of good reports on Kosovo, from before the war to now

For students in the Cuban interest group: please review the information at the following government website (you should download and print it for reference):

Possible topics

Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society

Terrorism: recruitment

Counterterrorism strategies

Waging an effective "War Against Terrorism"

Economic development strategies for Afghanistan

Economic development strategies for Iraq

Economic development and insurgency

Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials to (a) SEEU student, and (b) Dr. Besim Beqaj's wife

Participate in Ben Mares' judicial challenge to municipality refusal to give permit to business

Evaluate EAR draft companies law, compared with predecessor UNMIK regulation

History of the Kosova Liberation Army ("KLA")

Evaluation of privatization








Introducing financial services intermediaries in former socialist economies

Dealing with corruption