This course takes up “public international law” as a discipline — a community of lawyers and academic jurists with a common vocabulary, a shared sense of history and a shared range of professional activities. We will approach the discipline as participant observers, anthropologists, sociologists, historians. How do these people come to be part of a common enterprise, what is their project, how do they argue and persuade? How do they see the world? What stories do they tell about their origins and aims? What are they seeking to do about what sorts of problems? How do they differ among themselves?