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Formation of UN + Univ. Declaration of Human Rights (Law, History & Politics)

For this meeting, we'll discuss:

1) The founding of the United Nations; and

2) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (circa Dec. 1948)

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

The Premise: In the previous episode of LHP (Season Two), WWII had just ended. Various international tribunals were formed, adjudicating the "crimes against humanity." The rise and fall of "ultra-nationalism" during the early part of the 20th Century has now given way to grand reconstruction efforts (i.e., Marshal Plan and the formation of the UN).

Here are the discussion topics for this meeting:

I. Law

- The Charter of the United Nations

- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

- Conflict of Laws vs. customary international law.

II. History

- Earlier efforts and failures in coalescing intergovernmental organizations, such as the League of Nations.

- A very brief historical summary of the outcome of WWII.

III. Politics