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POLSC412: International Law

Unit 8: Laws of the Global Commons   In this unit, you will study international laws that pertain to the Arctic and Space.

Unit 8 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 7 hours to complete. 

☐    Subunit 8.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 8.2: 5 hours 

Unit8 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Explain how international organizations seek to protect and regulate global legal interests in the Arctic and Space. - Identify international laws and treaties that govern activities in the Arctic and Space. - Assess the effectiveness of international organizations in resolving international disputes concerning activities in the Arctic and Space.

8.1 International Laws Pertaining to the Arctic   - Reading: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Donald McRae’s Lecture Notes on “Legal Status of the Arctic: Some Contemporary Issues” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Donald McRae’s Lecture Notes on “Legal Status of the Arctic: Some Contemporary Issues” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and download the Lecture Notes.  Please review Dr. McRae’s lecture notes prior to viewing his video presentation below.
 
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Donald McRae’s “Legal Status of the Arctic: Some Contemporary Issues” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Donald McRae’s “Legal Status of the Arctic: Some Contemporary Issues” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (58 mins.).
     
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8.2 International Laws Pertaining to Space   - Reading: United Nations: Detlev Wolter’s “Common Security in Outer Space and International Law” Link: United Nations: Detlev Wolter’s “Common Security in Outer Space and International Law” (PDF)
 
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Vladimír Kopal’s “The Progressive Development of International Space Law by the United Nations” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Vladimír Kopal’s “The Progressive Development of International Space Law by the United Nations” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation by choosing the link for the apporopriate language (54 mins.).
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Vladlen Stepanovich Vereshchetin’s “The Law of Outer Space in the General Legal Field (Commonality and Particularities)” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Judge Vladlen Stepanovich Vereshchetin’s “The Law of Outer Space in the General Legal Field (Commonality and Particularities)” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (63 mins.).
     
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