Law and U.S.-China Relations: Seminar (21076). 2 units. One of the great geopolitical questions of the twenty-first century is whether and how the United States can peacefully coexist with the People’s Republic of China. This seminar will explore the role that laws and legal institutions can play in meeting this challenge. The course will be discussion-based, covering key policy issues in the all-important Sino-U.S. relationship and focusing on their legal dimensions. We will address questions such as: When, how, and to whom does law matter? What difference (if any) does law make? How do domestic and international legal regimes interact? What do policymakers need to know about the law in order to better address the political, economic, and security aspects of the bilateral relationship? Weekly seminar topics may include: South China Sea, Taiwan, cybersecurity, North Korean nuclear weapons, outer space, trade, investment, climate change, and human rights. Active class participation is expected. As part of the participation component, students will write short reaction papers and may be asked to help lead class discussion over the course of the semester. Students will also write a short “op-ed” on an issue of relevance in U.S.-China relations. At the end of the semester, students will submit a substantial paper (15-20 pages) on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Paper required. Enrollment limited to five Law students. Also GLBL 817b. R.D. Williams.