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As Assistant Professor William Burke-White sees it, students of a different stripe add vigor to his public international law class and seminar on international courts and tribunals. “Our law students have a variety of backgrounds and can bring other disciplinary approaches to bear, but undergrads, political science grad students and Wharton students all have had very different coursework and look at international issues from different angles. It opens up our discussion to ideas and methods that may not occur to law students. The net result is a more exciting and interesting course.”

For example, in his course on international courts, law students tended to focus on a court’s jurisprudence, notes Burke- White. In contrast, a Wharton student mused about the financial implications of a court decision on a government’s budget and tax structure and an undergraduate political science major pondered the politics behind a tribunal’s creation.
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