Lesson 4: International Law


International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court

  1. Conduct research on international bodies that resolve disputes outside of the UN, for example the World Trade Organization (WTO), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Group of 8 (G8), or the International Maritime Organization. Prepare a brief report on your research using case examples.
  2. Investigate the League of Nations, a pre-United Nations global security and dispute resolution body from 1919 to 1939. The League of Nations presided over a number of critical disputes in the 1930s (Japanese invasion and war crimes in China, the annexation of territory from Czechoslovakia and the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy). Choose one dispute and examine the effectiveness of the League and comment on its eventual demise.

Genocide in the 20th Century

Assess the role of the Canadian government in the genocide committed in Rwanda. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) was lead by a Canadian but there were very few Canadian ground troops in Rwanda. Investigate the lack of commitment by the Canadian military in Rwanda and why Canada failed to act even when requested by Lieutenant- General Dallaire. Visit www.genocidewatch.org for more information.

International Law Teacher Guide

Understanding International Law is a classroom resource that was published in 2011. It aims to provide students with the knowledge they need to become effective global citizens and undertake global responsibilities as Canadians. It will help students understand the basic principles and issues of international law and will encourage them to think critically. It includes topics such as what is international law, who governs it and who creates it, how it is enforced and covers specific laws. Activities are included to do with the class. The PDF is available for downloading on the International Women’s Rights Project website iwrp.org/projects/international-legal-education.