What is international law? Does it really constrain governments? If so, how? In this class we will examine these questions through a mixture of political science and legal theories. Students will become familiar with the major theories in both disciplines and be introduced to the basic tenets of public international law. Students also will develop basic skills in legal research by reading and briefing cases from international tribunals and through an international law moot court simulation. Enrollment priority given to IAS majors: section 01 is only for IAS majors; section 02 is for non-IAS majors.