This course will use a mixture of case studies and more conventional course materials to examine the role that the law and lawyers play in making U.S. foreign policy and addressing related challenges, with a particular focus on legal innovation. The course lectures will address lawyers' roles in the inter-agency policy-making process and models of legal decision-making and how they intersect with bureaucratic process. The case studies, meanwhile, will include the following, and often feature guest speakers who were actively involved in the cases being discussed:
- The 1979 Iran Embassy hostage crisis, the negotiation of the Algiers Accord, and the establishment of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal;
- The 1988 Lockerbie bombing and its aftermath, leading up to the 2003 agreement to normalize U.S.-Libyan relations;
- The establishment of U.N. sanctions regimes following the 9/11 attacks, and the manner in which they were implemented by U.N. member states;
- The Development Fund for Iraq established by the United Nations and United States following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the manner in which it was used to help Iraq navigate its economic normalization; and,
- The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) relating to Iran's nuclear program, and the manner in which it interacted with relevant sanctions and other legislation.