Special Topics: International Documents

LIS 730 -- Winter Term 2005



Instructor: Dr. Samuel E. Trosow

Time & Place Friday 1:30-4:20 p.m. Middlesex College - Room 15a

Office Hours: NCB 259 Thursday 1:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment

Telephone: (519) 661-2111 x88498

Email: strosow@uwo.ca


Preliminary Outline of Topics


Weeks 1 & 2: January 7th & 14th

Course Overview (no class Jan 14th, make-up session to be scheduled in February)

Review of Useful Resources

Finding Exercise #1 assigned


Week 3: January 21st

Finding Exercise #1 Due

Overview of Treaty Research

Overview of United Nations


Week 4: January 28th

United Nations

Finding Exercise #2 assigned


Week 5: February 4th

United Nations


Week 6: February 11th

Finding Exercise #2 due

European Union


Week 7: February 18th



No Class February 25th


Week 8: March 4th

Quiz (covering through week 7)

Resources in Foreign & Comparative Law


Week 9: March 11th

World Trade Organization & UNCTAD


Week 10: March 18th

Other UN Commissions, Agencies, Programmes, Funds & Related Organizations

Team Presentations


Week 11: March 25th: NO CLASS


Week 12: April 1st

Private International Law


Week 13: April 8th

Individual Pathfinder Presentations


Week 14: April 15th

Individual Pathfinder Presentations

Pathfinders Due


Evaluation Criteria

Finding Exercise #1 10% (due January 21st)

Finding Exercise #2 10% (due February 11th)

Quiz 15% (March 4th , closed book, 75 minutes)

Team Project: 20% (due March 18th)
Your team (2 or 3 people) will be assigned a specific commission, agency, or programme (i.e. WIPO, IMF, World Bank, WHO, UNESCO, ITU, ILO, UNHCR, UNCTAD, UNICEF, etc.) and you will prepare a mini-pathfinder as well as a 15 minute presentation on the organization.

Pathfinders: 35%
The pathfinder will be on a substantive topic of your choice relevant to some aspect of Foreign, Comparative & International Law, and selected in consultation with the instructor. It should be of usable quality in a library setting, and will be evaluated on literacy, organization, originality, and quality of research. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to present your work to the class during the last two sessions.

Topic Selection: No later than March 4th
Class presentations: April 8th & 15th
Written pathfinder due: In class April 15th

Class participation: 10%