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International Relations for Law Students - For the Stabilization of International Law -

Ms. Kotoyumi Yamaguchi
4th year student at the School of International Liberal Studies

The subject of international relations may have the image of being strongly interdisciplinary and vague. However, international law scholar Professor Mariko Kono explains the importance of international relations for law students. The reason for this is that a legal perspective is necessary for law students when studying international relations. Therefore, fluctuating international relationships are considered from the perspective of international law in this class.

The class is held in a classroom that is as small as one for linguistic studies, but the room is always overflowing with students. The professor speaks in a relaxed voice, but everyone listens attentively to the lecture. One can feel the interest that law students possess in international issues, as well as the high level of the class.

Until this point of the current term, consideration has been given to actors in international law, particularly countries, through the example of the dismantling process of the former Yugoslavia. The dismantling of the former Yugoslavia and the establishment of several new countries which accompanied the establishment are analyzed through a number of dimensions. Such dimensions include the type of response by international society through international law, the way in which disputes were handled by the International Court of Law, and the fundamental questions of how to define a country. The distinctive feature of this class is the way in which individual topics become logically linked so that a large theme is handled overall.

The importance of the Rule of Law is something that I noticed as a result of participating in this class. In an international society where various conflicting values often collide, attorneys throughout the world are constantly moving around international society in order to stabilize the international law that provides a level ground for discussion by any person. I was made to consider these kinds of facts by my participation in this class.

Although I have only attended the class a few times thus far, I feel that I have come to understand the important meaning of the Professor's term "international relations for law students". The way in which I read the international section of the newspaper has also changed. Professor Kono's "International Relations" class develops the insight necessary to understand vague international relations from a legal perspective.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)