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William Burke-White on Investment Policy

News from Mar 30, 2015

IRO instructors do not only teach our modules and supervise our students. They participate in other events around the globe, too. For example, William Burke-White, the Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania and Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at Penn Law School, is a member of the task force organized by The E15 Initiative. “The E15 also engages key stakeholders – WTO Ambassadors in Geneva and political, business, and civil society leaders – in roundtable dialogues and World Economic Forum meetings to help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change”. The Second Task Force Workshop on Investment Policy met from June 9 till 10 in Geneva. In a video, William Burke-White explains why investment law must be linked with other areas of international law, such as environmental and human rights law.

William Burke-White wrote our module on Changing Patterns of Governance: The Evolution of the State. This module introduces students 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 students with the history of the nation-state and discusses today's challenges to statehood. The tools of the nation-state for policy making on the global stage, namely the principles of international law, are debated. 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 are discussed. Finally, intersections of international relations and international law are identified and mutual fields of interests between the two disciplines located.

This module, like all the modules that compose the master program International Relations Online, can be studied as a Stand-Alone module. This offer is directed at persons who do not want to pursue a degree but wish to deepen their knowledge in one particular topic. For more information, please see http://www.ir-online.org/modules-standalone-single-courses/index.html.


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