Understanding International Law through Moot Courts

Genocide, Torture, Habeas Corpus, Chemical Weapons, and the Responsibility to Protect

by Henry F. Carey, Stacey M. Mitchell, George Andreopoulos, Robert J. Beck, Dave Benjamin, Brittany Bromfield, Richard Crawford, Aaron Fichtelberg, Becky Sims, Robert Weiner,

Understanding International Law through Moot Courts: Genocide, Torture, Habeas Corpus, Chemical Weapons, and the Responsibility to Protect consists of five sets of opposing legal briefs and judge’s decisions for five moot court cases held before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Each moot court brief included in the book addresses contemporary controversies in international affairs; issues ranging from the application of the newly emerging Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, to the torture of detainees, to the derogation from international due process protections. These moot court briefs and case judgments help students formulate legal arguments that will be applicable to other similar cases. They also provide students with excellent sources of international and domestic law, as well as greater comprehension of topics ranging from jurisdictional disputes to matters of evidence. Chapter 1 of the book provides an overview of the book as well as instructions regarding the construction of a moot court. Chapter two, by George Andreopoulos discusses the interrelationship between human rights and international criminal law. Chapters 3 through 7 are the cases. The introduction to each chapter (and subsequently each case) lays out the facts of the case in question, discusses (where applicable) issues associated with the material and contextual elements of the crimes(s) in question, provides additional topics for classroom discussion, and also places the issues of contention between the parties within the broader context of foreign affairs and international relations. After each set of briefs and legal judgments is an appendix which includes an example moot court, as well as an appendix that includes a set of alterable facts that students and faculty could adopt to change the general legal argument of the particular case.
  • Lexington Books; March 2014
  • ISBN 9780739170663
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  • Title: Understanding International Law through Moot Courts
  • Author: Henry F. Carey; Stacey M. Mitchell; George Andreopoulos (contrib.); Robert J. Beck (contrib.); Dave Benjamin (contrib.); Brittany Bromfield (contrib.); Richard Crawford (contrib.); Aaron Fichtelberg (contrib.); Becky Sims (contrib.); Robert Weiner (contrib.); Stephanie Wolfe (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Lexington Books

In The Press

Over the last two decades, dramatic developments in the enforceability of international law have spurred debates that had once been inconceivable. This book is an invaluable resource for exposing these debates and educating students and scholars about how the law can be used—and resisted—in the context of gross crimes and serious violations.

About The Author

Henry F. Carey is associate professor of political science at Georgia State University.

Stacey M. Mitchell is lecturer in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia.