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POLSC412: International Law

Unit 3: Territory and Sovereignty   Unit 3 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete. 

☐    Subunit 3.1: 3 hours
 
☐    Subunit 3.2: 5 hours

☐    Subunit 3.3: 2 hours 

Unit3 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Explain the application and impact of international law to territorial boundaries and diplomatic missions. - Explain how international laws are enforced on the world’s oceans. - Assess the effectiveness of strategies used throughout history to deal with piracy on the high seas. - Explain how the United Nations and its subordinate agencies attempt to keep the peace and enforce borders in conflicted regions. - Assess the effectiveness of the United Nations Security Council, International Court of Justice, and International Criminal Court at enforcement of international laws pertaining to territorial boundaries, admiralty, and piracy.

3.1 Territory and Sovereignty   Disputes over territory have plagued nations throughout history.  In this unit, you will explore laws that have been developed to prevent or mitigate these types of conflicts.

  • Reading: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s Lecture Notes on “International Legal Principles Relating to Territorial Disputes (The Rules Governing the Acquisition of Title to Territory)” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s Lecture Notes on “International Legal Principles Relating to Territorial Disputes (The Rules Governing the Acquisition of Title to Territory)” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and then click to download the “Outline of Lecture” under the “International Legal Principles Relating to Territorial Disputes” tab.  Please review Dr. Shaw’s lecture notes prior to viewing his video presentation below.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s “International Legal Principles Relating to Territorial Disputes (The Rules Governing the Acquisition of Title to Territory)” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s “International Legal Principles Relating to Territorial Disputes (The Rules Governing the Acquisition of Title to Territory)” (RealPlayerVideo)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “Video” under the “International Legal Principles Relating to Territorial Disputes” tab.  Please watch the video presentation (48 mins.).
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Reading: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s Lecture Notes on “Settling Territorial Disputes” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s Lecture Notes on “Settling Territorial Disputes” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and then click to download the “Outline of Lecture” under the “Settling Territorial Disputes” tab.  Please review Dr. Shaw’s lecture notes prior to viewing his video presentation below.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s “Settling Territorial Disputes” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s “Settling Territorial Disputes” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “Video” under the “Settling Territorial Disputes” tab.  Please watch the video presentation (44 mins.).
     
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3.2 Laws of the Sea   In this unit, you will learn about laws that govern oceanic passage and commerce, including historical and modern attempts to prevent and punish piracy on the high seas.

  • Reading: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Tullio Treves’ “United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Tullio Treves’ “United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and then click to download the file titled “United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”  Please review Judge Treves’ article on the Law of the Sea.
     
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  • Reading: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Tullio Treves’ Lecture Notes on “The New Law of the Sea and the Settlement of Disputes” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Tullio Treves’ Lecture Notes on “The New Law of the Sea and the Settlement of Disputes” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and then click to download the file titled “Outline of Lecture.”  Please review Judge Treves’ lecture notes prior to viewing his video presentation below.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Tullio Treves’ “The New Law of the Sea and the Settlement of Disputes” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Tullio Treves’ “The New Law of the Sea and the Settlement of Disputes”  (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “English” in the middle of the page.  Please watch the video presentation (38 mins.).
     
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  • Reading: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s Lecture Notes on “Principles of Maritime Delimitation” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s Lecture Notes on “Principles of Maritime Delimitation” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and then click to download the file titled “Outline of Lecture.”  Review Dr. Shaw’s lecture notes prior to viewing his video presentation below.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.

  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s “Principles of Maritime Delimitation” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Malcolm Shaw’s “Principles of Maritime Delimitation” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “English” under the “Principles of Maritime Delimitation” heading.  Please watch the video presentation (37 mins.).
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Helmut Tuerk’s “The Landlocked States and the Law of the Sea” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Helmut Tuerk’s “The Landlocked States and the Law of the Sea” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “Video” under the “Landlocked States and the Law of the Sea” heading.  Please watch the video presentation (32 mins.).
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Helmut Tuerk’s “The Resurgence of Piracy: A Phenomenon of Modern Times” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Helmut Tuerk’s “The Resurgence of Piracy: A Phenomenon of Modern Times”  (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “Video” under the “A Resurgence of Piracy: A Phenomenon of Modern Times” heading.  Please watch the video presentation (44 mins.).
     
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3.3 Diplomatic Protection and Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA)   In this unit, you will learn how international law protects diplomatic missions and military forces.

  • Reading: Congressional Research Service: R. Chuck Mason’s “Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?” Link: Congressional Research Service: R. Chuck Mason’s “Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and scroll down to find the article, dated January 5, 2011 to read the CRS report, which explains the history and application of SOFA agreements under international law.
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: John Dugard’s “Diplomatic Protection” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: John Dugard’s “Diplomatic Protection” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “Video” in the middle of the page.  Please watch the video presentation (48 mins.).
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.