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POLS 1020 WEEK 12

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POLS 1020 WEEK 12 Political science 1020

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Introduction to International Relations
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Date Created: 03/27/16
POLS 1020 week 12 Part I (after Spring Break) Political Liberalism  Review of Westphalia Sovereignty o The states is the basic unit of international relations o There is no authority higher than the state o Each state is a sovereign entity o Sovereignty means no intervention, no interfere  International Law and Westphalia Sovereignty o Traditional international law supports Westphalia sovereignty o But Modern international law challenges Westphalia sovereignty  What is International Law? o Customs, norms, principles, rules and other legal relations o Among states and no-state actors o That establish binding obligations  Subject Matter of International Law o International business o International finance o International Environment: air, sea, space o Human rights o War  Sources of International Law o International treaties, executive agreements o International customs and traditions o General principles of law recognized by civilized states o Judicial decisions of the highest courts of the major states  Compare International and Domestic Law o Domestic Law  Single source government  Binding enforcement  Punishment for lawbreakers  Courts decide conflicting obligations  Overall, STRONG o International Law  Multiple sources  No binding  How do you punish a state?  ICJ = Int’t Court of Justice but light docket  Overall, WEAK  International Law: Two Views o Peace through justice [IR LIBERAL]  States would be safer is they agreed upon certain principles that would limit the jungle-like features of international relations  Their freedom of activity might be limited bur so would the freedom of their enemies to attack them o Futility [REALIST]  “You talking to me?”… Then talk into my good ear.  States follow international law when it is in their interests to do so,  States should NOT follow international law when and if it harms their important national interests  In long run, sovereignty does and should trump international law  Who likes international law? o IR Liberals o State Quo States o Weaker States o USA?  Who doesn’t? o Realists o Revisionist States o Strong States o USA?  US Ambivalence About Int’l law o US Support  Running global empire  US has major say  US has law-based society  Ex: international trade  Ex: extradition of terrorists  Diplomatic immunity o Doesn’t support  Hampers US freedom of action  International human rights groups criticize US foreign policy  Ex: Iraq invasion 2003  Ex: Guantanamo prisoners  Ex: drones  Closer look at laws of warfare o Laws of Warfare  Geneva conventions from 1890s  Legal and illegal reasons for going to war  Legal and illegal ways to conduct of wars  Deciding to go to war: international legal perspectives o Much controversy over when going to war is justified o “Just war theory”  Warfare must be declared by a competent authority  There must be just cause to go to war  Self-defense / repel invasion/etc.  Warfare must a last resort o Aggression not justifies  But no agreement on what constitutes aggression o State sovereignty still “trumps” international law  Deciding how to conduct a war: international legal perspectives o Proportionality  Use of force must be proportional to goals of war  Who judges the degree of proportionality o Protection of non-combatants  Warfare is supposed to be between military forces  WWII types of bombing no longer allowed  Problems if one side hides among non-combatants  Warfare is legal. General Treaty for the Renunciation of War, failed to make warfare illegal.  Genocide a problem from hell  Genocide: The deliberate and systematic destruction in whole or in part of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group th  20 Century horrors ( not for the faint of heart) o Armenian genocide 1916-1917 o Shoah (Holocaust) early 1940s o Cambodian killing fields 1970s o [Somalia 1992-1993 averted] o Rwanda 1994 o Balkan Wars 1990s o Darfur 2003-2008  Human rights and the international criminal court  “We hold these truths to be self-evident: o All men are created equal o They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights o That among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness o That to secure these rights government are instituted among men.”  The International criminal court accountability under international law? o Should political leaders be held accountable for genocide, crimes against humanity committed in their countries? o If so, accountability violates Westphalia sovereignty principle of non-intervention in internal affairs of a sovereign state  Humanitarian Intervention: To protect severe Instances of human rights abuses “Responsibility to Protect” o A state has a responsibility to protect its populations from mass atrocities o The international community has a responsibility to assist the state if it is unable to protect its population on its own o If the states fails to protect its citizens from mass atrocities and peaceful measures have failed, the international community has the responsibility to intervene through coercive measures such as economic sanctions.  Rights and Obligations o Right to intervene? o Obligation of intervene? o Who does the intervening? o Can humanitarian intervention be kept separate from political interference?


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