Location: Bowdoin / Allen Springer

Government and Legal Studies

Allen Springer

Professor of Government

Contact Information

Government And Legal Studies

Hubbard Hall - 301

Teaching this semester

GOV 1030. The Pursuit of Peace

Examines different strategies for preventing and controlling armed conflict in international society, and emphasizes the role of diplomacy, international law, and international organizations in the peace-making process.

GOV 2600. International Law

The modern state system, the role of law in its operation, the principles and practices that have developed, and the problems involved in their application.

Allen Springer: Bowdoin College: Gov


  • B.A. Amherst College
  • A.M., M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Mr. Springer teaches courses in international law and organization, international environmental policy, international humanitarian law, and United States foreign policy. His primary area of research is in the field of international environmental and marine law and policy. Mr. Springer is the author of The International Law of Pollution: Protecting the Global Environment in a World of Sovereign States, and his publications generally focus on issues of multilevel environmental governance, particularly in a North American context. His most recent publication, Cases of Conflict: Transboundary Disputes and the Development of International Environmental Law, will be released by the University of Toronto Press in the spring of 2016. Mr. Springer is presently completing a study of US-Canada environmental diplomacy.



This section offers some links that may be helpful to those interested in the issue of legal liability for oil spills. It will be of particular interest to students in Gov. 263 and may be helpful in writing Paper #2.

International Liability and Compensation Agreements

National Liability Legislation

General Links



This section offers some links that may be helpful to those interested in peace process in Northern Ireland. It will be updated again for students in Gov. 103.

Analysis of the Agreement

Background Briefing- Roger MacGinty

Conflict Archive on Internet : Northern Ireland

CNN Special Report - Healing an Ancient Rift: Northern Ireland's Path to Peace

CNN- The Price of Peace : Key Elements of the Peace Plan

Keith Fitzgerald , Northern Ireland Peace Plan Gives Both Sides Something to Cheer

Northern Ireland Website : The Good Friday Agreement, April 1998