This course begins with lectures on alternative theoretical approaches (including realism, institutionalism, and constructivism) to understanding the relationship between politics and public international law. These lectures will be followed by weekly presentations on the topic by ten leading and political science scholars from the United States and abroad. All lectures will be open to the University community, but course enrollment is limited to thirty law students and ten students from other departments. Course requirements: (1) attendance, and (2) a two-page critique of each of the ten papers presented by guest lecturers. No final exam. Because student demand for the course is expected to be high and enrollment is limited, no student will be permitted to drop this course after enrolling in it.