International law has taken an increasingly central and often controversial place in contemporary international relations. This junior writing seminar will explore the foundations of international law, human rights law, and humanitarian law. It will do so in the context of their intersections with topical issues that range from international criminal law, torture, non-state transnational actors, humanitarian interventions, and sexuality. In addition, given a number of current controversies around Israel/Palestine, we will use Israel/Palestine as a recurring case study over the course of the semester as well as making recurring reference to Trump’s U.S.A. and the challenges that may represent to the international law/human rights law.