ILAR serves as an academic hub for students with an interest in issues from environment and energy to human rights, trade and security. The lab provides students with structure to pursue careers that address the great societal challenges of the 21st century, skills to navigate research and internship opportunities, and a forum to interact with industry leaders.

IRGN 427: International Law and Regulation

Instructor: Emilie Hafner-Burton

This course will introduce students to the major techniques for managing international problems through legal and administrative regulation. The class will offer an overview of the main theories relevant to policy, such as the choice and design of treaties and other legal instruments. Cases will be drawn from economics, finance, development, security, human rights and environment.  

IRGN 428: International Politics of Energy Policy

Instructor: David Victor

The class introduces students to major theoretical perspectives that are used to show how societies design and implement policies related to energy, and applies these theories to major issues in energy policy, including ethanol, climate change and energy security. 

IRGN 430: Human Rights, Public Policy and International Relations

Instructor: Emilie Hafner-Burton

The course prepares students to analyze the causes of repression and the effectiveness of political intervention. Attention will focus on the evaluation of the design, implementation and effectiveness of human rights policy, including international organizations, democracy, trade and social movement advocacy.

IRCO 400: Policy-Making Processes

Instructor: David Victor

This course is designed to teach students how to “read” a country’s political and economic system. The course will examine how the evolution of different institutional frameworks in the countries of the Pacific region influences the way in which political choices are made.

IRGN 491: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Energy

Instructors: David Victor and co-taught with Engineering

For most major topics in energy, scholarship and policymaking requires working across different disciplines—from fields of engineering to economics, political science and the natural sciences. Yet most teaching and university experience is organized along disciplinary lines. This seminar, designed for advanced graduate students, exposes students to interdisciplinary thinking and approaches to the study of energy. The course is open to Ph.D. students across upper and lower campus as well as to advanced master-level students who are contemplating careers as scholars or energy policy analysts. 

PS 232: International Organizations

Instructors: Emilie Hafner-Burton and David Victor

This course will study various theories purporting to explain why states succeed or fall at creating institutions by international governance and what effects, if any, those institutions have.

SIO 209: Climate Change in Four Dimensions: Scientific, Policy, International, and Social

Instructors: David Victor and co-taught with SIO

This course is designed for graduate or qualified senior undergraduate students and is taught in a hybrid lecture/seminar format. This course views climate change from a variety of perspectives at the intersection of the natural sciences, technology, and the social sciences and humanities.