This module introduces you to one of the most prevalent actors in international relations: the nation-state. For decades, the state has been the major actor on the global stage; more recently, its power has been eclipsed by non-state actors such as civil society activists, social movements, transnational networks, multinational corporations and others.
This module familiarizes you with the history of the nation-state and discusses today’s challenges to statehood. In addition, it debates the tools of the nation-state for policy making on the global stage: the principles of international law. You will discuss relevant fields subject to international law such as states and statehood, sovereignty and intervention, means of dispute settlements, human rights law, and international criminal law.
Finally, it discusses intersections of International Relations and International Law and locates mutual fields of interests between the two disciplines.