Law 270 - Public International Law

Khaled M. Abou El Fadl

Khaled M. Abou El Fadl

Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1986
J.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Ph.D. Islamic Studies, Princeton, 1999
UCLA Faculty Since 1998
Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law and the international legal system. The course will deal with a broad range of topics including the origins and sources of international law; U.S. foreign relations law; statehood and recognition in international law; principles of state sovereignty, territory, and jurisdiction; the law of treaties; state responsibility; state immunity and immunity of diplomats and consular; responsibility for injury to aliens; international criminal and humanitarian law; the United Nations and collective enforcement; the use of force and self-defense; terrorism; international human rights; international trade; and the law of the sea, air, and space.


Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will have a firm grounding in the following:

  • Basic principles of the international legal system
  • The nature of international law including issues of compliance, effectiveness and enforcement
  • The major forms of international law: treaty law, customary law as well as “soft law” including the influence of international organizations and non-state actors
  • The international legal rules that govern trade, human rights, the use of force, war crimes, and terrorism
  • U.S. foreign relations law including the powers of the commander in chief and the constitutional role of the Senate in foreign affairs
  • The basic principles of the law of the sea and the law of air and space.
Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Khaled Abou El Fadl 19F 270 LEC 1 R 3:20 PM - 6:20 PM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Dunoff, Ratner and Wippman. International Law: Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach  4th ed.  
ISBN: 9781454849513. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $274.00