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Fall 2018

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.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 09-10-2018 - 09-15-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
09-10-2018 - 09-13-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A110
09-14-2018 - 09-14-2018   F  3:00 PM-6:00 PM A110
09-15-2018 - 09-15-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A110

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Take home final exam on September 21
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Related
International & Comparative Law - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Environmental Law (Area of Focus)   More information
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None