JSIS A 437 International Relations of Japan

Comprehensive examination of Japan’s international relations. Covers issues such as trade, security, environment, aid, and human rights. Investigates Japan’s participation in international organizations, including the UN, World Bank, IMF, and WTO. Examines Japan’s relations with the United States, the European Union, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and other regions.


LAW E 549 International Investment Law and Practice

Examines the rise of international investment law and practice, including topics such as Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), standards of treatment, investor-state arbitrations, and social and political controversies related to the governance of foreign direct investment (FDI) in developed and developing countries.


JSIS A 548 National Security of Japan

Focuses on the changing landscape of Japan’s national security concerns-the actors, institutions, and circumstances that have brought issues of defense and rivalry to the center stage of Japanese politics. Topics include nationalism, militarization, pacifism, United States-Japan security alliance, Sino-Japanese competition, constitutional revision, collective defense, and spy satellites.

TBD 444/544 Space law and policy

This course exposes students to the law and policy foundations of outer space activities. It covers the essential origins, sources, and role of space law, as well as the key organizations, forums, and forces shaping the contemporary governance of space activities. It provides a thorough grounding in the U.N. treaties, principles, resolutions, regulations, as well as international and national space laws and policies.



JSIS 594 International and Area Studies

Exposes students to the four-fold thematic intellectual rubric of the school, and to the wide range of teaching and research agendas represented in the Jackson School. Required common course for all first-year graduate and doctoral students.

JSIS 495 D Taskforce: Space hub seattle

Washington State is poised to launch as a space hub in the global newspace business. Local companies such as Blue Origin, Stratolaunch, Spaceflight, Tethers Unlimited and Planetary Resources are advantaged by a pioneering culture, access to software, big data, and capital. But the fierce global competition poses unique challenges for policymakers as they race to position their localities, states, and countries in a projected $600 billion global space economy by the 2030s. These include the dual-use nature of the technology that cuts across commercial and military realities, and the weakness of legal and regulatory frameworks. This Task Force will pinpoint the nature of the challenges, and recommend how Washington State, Seattle, and local actors can create the right policies to succeed.