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Fall 2017
LAW501  A  TREATY INTERPRETATION: THE VIENNA CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF TREATIES

Course Description
The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties is one of the most important treaties in the field of international law. It provides the tools for the interpretation of treaty provisions. One can only apply and understand conventions with the proper use of treaty interpretation. Professor Paulsson has taught and published on the topic of treaty interpretation with respect to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and has lectured in Latin America on issues of State Responsibility and international law as a useful tool for States. The course will address the key provisions of the Vienna Scheme. Articles 31-33 of the Convention which form the basis of practice oriented case studies, which will enable students to grasp the complexities of treaty interpretation. During the course, treaties such as the New York Convention and BITs and NAFTA are analysed as international instruments operating in the national and international space. The course also addresses the conflict between treaty interpretation and statutory interpretation of treaties that operate in the national space through implementation. Further, the results of improper treaty interpretation and breaches of international law are addressed, in particular, the resulting breach by Contracting States and how to hold those States accountable. Professor Paulsson has designed a new theory to enable courts to align domestic laws with treaties. This theory is currently under discussion during the ICCA NYC Roadshows and will also be discussed during this course. Professor Paulsson will also address the implications of current acts of States with respect to treaty compliance for the international world order.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 10-14-2017 - 10-19-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
10-14-2017 - 10-14-2017   S  2:00 PM-6:00 PM A110
10-16-2017 - 10-19-2017   MTWR  3:30 PM-5:20 PM FAC MTG RM

Course Frequency
This course is likely a one time offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Related
International & Comparative Law - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information

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