Professor Desautels-Stein's scholarship concentrates on the jurisprudential intersections of legal structuralism, legal pragmatism, and liberal legalism, with a focus on political economy, race, and global law.
International law, legal philosophy, political economy, race relations, social theory
LAWS 5624 - Property
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Topics include personal property, estates and interests in land, landlord-tenant, basic land conveyancing, and private land use controls.
LAWS 6008 - Foundations of International Legal Thought
Provides students with a broad historical and philosophical introduction to international law. Addresses changing conceptions of sovereignty between 1492 and World War II, I the contexts of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the international legality of the slave trade, relations between the Ottoman Empire and the "Great Powers", the Chinese opium wars and the rise of modern international institutions.
LAWS 6108 - Conflict of Laws
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Addresses the conflicts that arise when the significant facts of a case are connected with more than one jurisdiction, whether that jurisdiction belongs to a state, the federal government, or a foreign government. The subject is studied in its theoretical and historical context, with special emphasis on the international aspects of extraterritorial jurisdiction.
LAWS 6400 - International Law
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022
Examines the nature, structure and sources of international law, the relationship between international law and domestic U.S. law, the role of international organizations such as the United Nations, the methods of resolving international disputes, the bases of international jurisdiction, and select substantive areas of international law that may change from semester to semester.
LAWS 8400 - Seminar: Special Topics in International Law
Provides in-depth coverage of particular issues in international law and exposes students to intellectual concepts in the field. Students write seminar length papers and develop critical thinking through writing and research.