Reading recommendations from Lucia and the international law faculty

One of my many roles on our team is liaising with our LLM degree, in which capacity I work closely with my colleague Lucia, the primary administrator of that program. Following up a recent virtual event on international law at Fletcher, Lucia solicited reading recommendations from faculty for those students interested in international law subjects:

LuciaWhere else can you study international law, international relations, and international business all at the same school? If you’re looking at Fletcher for graduate school, you’ve probably noticed that one of the school’s unique qualities is our diverse curriculum, which allows students to study these three pillars of international affairs in one place. In particular, our strong legal curriculum, which is accessible to students from all of our degree programs, sets Fletcher apart from other APSIA schools in the U.S.

We had a nice information session a couple weeks ago featuring two of our law professors, Ian Johnstone and Joel Trachtman. A few students asked about books they might recommend, or preparation they could do over the summer. As we told all those attending the information session, there’s no need to do preparatory work over the summer before starting at Fletcher. Professors are well-practiced in making their subjects accessible to students from all sorts of academic backgrounds. That being said, if you have time on your hands and feel the urge to dive in a bit early, we’re happy to share some recommendations.

Being academics, our law faculty members have a wide range of interests, so their suggestions included some basic introductory texts in their fields, some books that might be more narrative-based but still relevant to their fields of study or international affairs in general, and some “just for fun” suggestions. I’ve done my best to arrange them accordingly, although some certainly straddle multiple categories. Most are linked to one of our local bookstores, Harvard Book Store, which is an independent bookstore located a few miles from campus in Cambridge. Of course, you’re likely able to find them at your own local bookstore or elsewhere online.

Take a look, and perhaps you’ll find something to keep you busy over the summer. If you do take a professor up on his or her suggestion, let us know in the fall how you liked it!

Background reading on international law

Professor Ian Johnstone teaches International Organizations, Peace Operations, Actors in Global Governance, and Non-Proliferation Law and Institutions. He recommends the following for students interested in international law but with limited background in the subject.

Professor Tom Dannenbaum teaches International Criminal Justice, Humanitarian Law, and Ethics in the Practice of Foreign Affairs. He recommended these law-related blogs for students to follow:

Subject-specific books, and Assorted books on law and international relations

Professor Michael Glennon teaches International Legal Order, Public International Law, and Foreign Relations and National Security Law. He recommends:

Professor Christine Bustany teaches the Human Rights Practicum, and Comparative Constitutional Law. She recommends:

Professor John Burgess teaches Law of the Sea. He shared a recommendation of:

Professor Burgess noted: “[The book] was originally recommended to me by Philip Jones (LL.M. ’17).  It is written by a non-lawyer, but it an astute, well-written account of the ways the oceans are used and exploited that sometimes reads like a Conrad novel. It’s also a continuing exploration of the rule of law, its value, and its limitations and contradictions, in governing human conduct on the high seas.”

Professor Hurst Hannum, who has taught Human Rights Law, Advanced Topics In Human Rights, and Nationalism, Self-Determination, and Minority Rights, recommends a recent publication of his:

Professor Joel Trachtman teaches Legal and Institutional Aspects of International Trade, International Financial and Fiscal Law, and International Business Transactions. He shared two books of his for different audiences, and a book on economic globalization.

Professor Dannenbaum shared some books and an article noting, “Most are not legal per se, but they shed light on the institutions of the law, its history, or the context to which it is applied (in my fields).”

General Suggestions

Professor Johnstone recommends:

Professor Hannum recommends:

Professor Glennon recommends:

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