This course considers the structure of laws in general, the question of sanctions, and the relation of justice to law. ¿Legalism¿ refers to rule-making, rule-following, and legal reasoning. This course considers the meaning and value of legalism as a way of approaching conflict. The course invites students to explore the distinctive characteristics of legal modes of thought; classical theories about the nature of law and legal obligation; and moral and romantic objections to rule-making and rule-following. Legal practices and institutions that operate at the margins of ¿law¿¿international law, torture, and war crimes tribunals¿provide a location for students to test and develop their insights about the meaning and proper reach of law.