F.I.N.Ds are an essential part of the International Law curriculum. What they are is a debate whose topic is chosen and researched by a student in the class. The topics are often controversial and must be INTERNATIONAL in scope. The student then presents them in the FIND( Facts, Issue, Nations, Dilema) format. We are given the Weekly News and world report as a source for finds. However, many students find that they prefer to get their news from other sources, and that is not discouraged at all. This web sites news section also provides an excellent database of news from around the world to aid students in their research of finds. These debates usually occur on Friday, and we often do two finds on that Friday. We often order food to eat during the debates, thus making the finds one of the most fun aspects of the class. A student is required to present two finds throughout the course, and this requirement is usually very easy to complete. The find format is discussed in greater detail below.
Facts: Gather as much information from the article or articles at list it here. This is where you provide almost a summary of the articles you read.
Issue: The is the problem or problems that is presented by the article or articles. This is what the class will discuss.
Nations Involved: The nations that are involved in the problem
Dilemma: Usually where one provides statements from both sides of the issues to give the class a starting point form which to debate. These are usually in a list of YES reasons or NO-reasons, but there are many ways to present this.
Below is a sample FIND. It was given an 96 by the teacher. The Facts section was too long and criticized for being biased, but the rest of the find was considered very good. The topic was USA Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations in February 2003 on Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction and his terrorist ties.
Powell’s Presentation to the UN
Since the beginning of the
new crisis with
second point is that by possessing these weapons he poses a threat to his
neighbors and to the international community. One
major piece of evidence that supported this was a video of a training
drill that an Iraqi F-1 Mirage fighter was undergoing. It was a test drill
for the possible deployment of biological and chemical weapons, and the
frightening range of this was shown. Here human intelligence sources were
also cited and former UN inspections reports showed how
His final point was the most
frightening of all, and this was the links between Saddam Hussein and Al-Quiada
which would make Saddam’s regime a clear and present danger to the
This riveting and compelling
speech squashed those who believed that Saddam Hussein was complying with
the Resolutions, and so far the only officials who have stated that have
been the Iraqi government, who called Powell’s speech “A typical
American show complete with Special Effects.” However,
dissent has not totally been abolished. Domestic support for the war has
increased dramatically according to recent polls, and the only
Issues: Has the case for a war been made? Will the
Nations: The United States, Iraq, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Israel
YES- The coalition for war is growing, with the added
ten European Allies and the recent announcement by
YES- The French in the end will cave because they
wouldn’t want to be left out of the rebuilding process, which means we
will get the resolution. This is simply typical of French foreign policy
to both appease dictators and smite the
YES-The Links to Al Quiada when added to the Satellite photos of the chemical weapons plant show a clear and present danger that Iraq poses to the Unites States, and we should go in ASAP, with or without the UN.
YES- Saddam Hussein has proven over the years that he
is a ruthless tyrant who only understands the language of force. It was
the Gulf War that caused him to finally leave
NO- The evidence was too circumstantial to justify war.
NO-The Arab World will hate us for this and more terrorism will come about because of a war
NO- The inspections should be given more time to do their work, in the face of this strong case Saddam might cave, he has already began to let private interviews of scientists commence. Stronger inspections might work
NO- A war will cause Saddam Hussein to use the very biological and chemical weapons we fear, and our troops might suffer heavy casualties because of them.