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Army War College (Knoll/McKenney/Shields)

Spring 2023   LAW 565-001  

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Michael Knoll

Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy

Paul McKenney

Lecturer in Law

Daniel Shields

Aaron McKenney

Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Team Projects

50% Participation,
50% Paper,
Other (Class is graded pass/fail. Two individual papers are required. The first, a 500-word preparation memo describing what goals your country team should pursue in the negotiations and what strategies the country might use to achieve that result, will be due before the start of the formal exercise. The second, a 2000-word reaction paper, will be due after the negotiations are completed. Attendance and participation during the exercise are also required. )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Meeting Times/Location
R 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Gittis Hall 214
FS 9:00AM - 6:30PM



International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise Professor Michael Knoll, COL (Ret.) Paul McKenney, AMB (Ret.) Daniel Shields, and Aaron McKenney L'19

In collaboration with the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL), we are offering a unique opportunity for students over two days to participate in a simulated international crisis exercise. The exercise, developed by the U.S. Army War College, will be administered by the Penn Law faculty and a former U.S. Ambassador in coordination with the War College’s faculty and will take place on campus Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 16, 17 and 18, 2023.

The exercise is designed to engage and educate participants in the process of crisis negotiation at the highest strategic level. The participants are divided into teams, with each team representing a different nation. The nations, which are engaged in a complex international legal, policy and economic problem, with broad international implications, must negotiate with their counterparts at a U.N. mandated peace conference. The exercise is intended to introduce the students to the challenges of negotiating with adversarial nations with diverse and seemingly irreconcilable positions, the complexities that come from working with partners that often have their own ulterior motives and objections, and to highlight the diplomatic, informational, military, legal, and economic factors that influence strategic international negotiations.

For this course we plan to use a CSL-developed exercise based on the present-day conflicting national claims in the South China Sea region.

The class will be offered as an in-person class only. Attendance and active participation throughout the entire program are expected and required.

Students enrolled in the class are required to write a reaction paper after the exercise. The paper and the course will be graded credit/no credit.

The class provides two credits of experiential credit.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.