This course introduces students to the ways in which international law interacts with international politics. International law is inherently political andcannot be understood in isolation from domestic and international politics. The course examines the use, design, and consequences of international law for a wide range of actors in world politics, but the main focus will still be on nation-states. Why do states agree to create international agreements that limit their sovereignty? Why do international agreements differ so much in their form and content? How and to what extent has international law facilitated the achievement of common objectives? How much has international law shaped the foreign and domestic policies of state and non-state actors?