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International and Comparative Law

Advanced Legal Research: International

Course Description: A practical, hands-on course which surveys print and electronic information sources available in foreign and international law. This course focuses on developing efficient and cost effective research strategies, effectively searching Lexis, Westlaw and the Internet, and evaluating foreign and international legal resources.


Climate Change Law and Policy

Course Description: This course will explore the social, legal, political, and scientific challenges involved in addressing and responding to climate change by considering underlying concepts and analyzing climate change laws and policies.


Comparative Dispute Resolution

This course will examine methods of dispute resolution used in other countries and compare them to those employed in the United States. We will explore how differences in culture, religion, history, and legal institutions affect the way people resolve conflicts with readings, video, and simulation exercises. Readings will include materials on cultural differences in conflict …


Conflict of Laws

Course Description: The course in conflict of laws explores how courts handle such cases in a variety of contexts. Topics include choice of law (which state’s laws are to be applied to an issue in a case); constitutional constraints on choice of law; and recognition of judgments rendered in other states. Although the course will …


Disaster Law Seminar

Course Description: This seminar explores the emerging field of disaster law, focusing on disaster prevention, emergency response, compensation & insurance, environmental protection, human rights, and community recovery.


Doing Business in China

This seminar will examine how multinational companies (MNCs) do business on the ground in China. The course will examine how MNCs set up a wholly or partially owned subsidiary in China, such as a wholly foreign owned enterprise or a joint venture. We will also examine most of the major issues for MNCs that have …


Drafting and Negotiating International Petroleum Agreements

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: An overview of the international oil and gas industry and its major types of agreements. Showing how oil and gas deals are conceived, proposed, negotiated and eventually formalized. Students will learn how an international oil and gas lawyer approaches every day legal …


European Union Law

Course Description: The purpose of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge of the constitutional aspects of the European Union. The course also provides a general introduction to the fundamentals of EU law.


Foreign Relations Law

Course Description: This course will examine the constitutional, statutory, and international law basis for the conduct of foreign relations and foreign policy by the United States. It will examine how those legal powers and restraints interact with international law and practice. Among the topics considered will be treaties and international agreements, the war power, and …


Human Rights Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Course Description: This course covers the protection of human rights in international law. Topics include: (1) the feasibility of requiring nation states to comply with international standards in the treatment of individuals; (2) the invocation of internationally protected rights in domestic (U.S.) courts; (3) international remedies and mechanisms …


International Business Arbitration

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course examines the international arbitration process and the legal framework of private contract, national law, and international treaties in which it operates. The course is relevant to lawyers with either a transactional or a litigation practice in an increasingly globalized world.


International Business Transactions

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course introduces students to the classic procedures for resolving international disputes. We will look at negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, arbitration and judicial settlement, as well as transitional justice institutions and restorative justice approaches. Our emphasis will be on how these mechanisms operate in contemporary disputes …


International Criminal Law Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar covers international law as it affects the prosecution of crime. Specific topics include international extradition of suspects (and other forms of inter- governmental cooperation with regard to crime), international standards for due process in criminal cases.


International Dispute Resolution

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 7118 or 761L. Course Description: This course surveys the dispute settlement mechanisms available for resolving disputes between nation states. It is organized around the classic categories of the field: negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication. Special emphasis is on adjudication. Commercial …


International Environmental Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course provides a general introduction to international environmental law and policy. We will begin by analyzing the history and development of international environmental law and exploring the key economic, political and legal concepts that have helped shaped the evolution of the field.


International Intellectual Property Seminar

This course will examine issues related to the international protection of intellectual property. The course will survey various agreements and treaties for copyright, patent and/or trademark, focusing on the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In addition to exploring the basic concepts of territoriality, national treatment, …


International Joint Ventures

This course provides an introduction to the issues associated with international joint ventures. Drawing primarily on case studies involving entertainment companies, topics include, among others, governance issues, choice of law, investment protection, antitrust and competition considerations, dealing with foreign counsel and exit strategies. The course also includes some discussion of the negotiation process and the …


International Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will include a survey of public international law (Law of Nations). Topics include the law of treaties, human rights protection, international litigation, impact of international law on litigation in the U.S. courts, federal power in foreign affairs under the U.S. Constitution, law of the …


International Mergers and Acquisitions

Course Description: Using a variety of case studies, this course explores issues associated with cross-border transactions involving both public and private corporations. Topics of study will include fiduciary issues, anti-takeover provisions, tender offers, elements of acquisition agreements, etc. This course is part of the Distinguished Practitioners in Residence program.


International Tax Law

Course Description: This course examines how the United States tax system deals with globalization. The course considers jurisdictional and sovereignty issues, multiple taxation and the use of tax treaties, domestic tax rules applicable to inbound and outbound transactions, and how existing rules and treaties affect businesses’ outsourcing and offshore relocation decisions.


International Trade

Course Description: This course will provide background on the dynamics and the legal framework governing and impacting international trade. We will examine key trading treaties and the backgrounds leading up to these arrangements and resolving disputes under them. We will take a deeper dive into the alphabet soup known as WTO, TRIPS and GATS/TRIMS.


Jus Ad Bellum: Waging War in International Law

Course Description: Jus ad bellum is the sub-field of international law that governs the decision to wage war. It determines the situations in which it is lawful for states to resort to armed force.


Law and Development

This course examines debates regarding the role of the legal order to tackle the economic, social, and political challenges of developing countries. Whereas in earlier decades, development aid to third world countries focused on areas such as health, education, and infrastructure, in the last decade, scholars have documented an explosion in ‘rule of law’ promotion …


Law of Africa Seminar

Course Description: This course focuses on Africa, both the domestic law of the various countries of Africa, and international-legal issues relating to Africa.


Law of War

Course Description: The course explores the lawfulness of the initiation of hostilities by nations, including justifications open to individual states and collective measures undertaken through the United Nations.


Middle East Conflict Seminar

Course Description: Seminar participants will be asked to write a single research paper on a topic relating to the Israeli-Palestinian territorial conflict, and to make an oral presentation on that topic at a meeting of the seminar. Topics may be oriented to modes of resolving the conflict, to particular manifestations of the conflict, or to …


National Security Law and Process

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the legal, process, policy, political, and personality aspects of national security efforts, as conducted by lawyers and policymakers; horizontal federal institutional interactions; vertical interactions among levels of government; and issues including cyber, drones, and intelligence. Simulation participation, two short papers, and short oral and …


The China Connection

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Third Year students only; Business Associations is a prerequisite Course Description: This “capstone” course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in transactional work. The course will emphasize application of practice skills such as critical thinking, negotiations, and writing for a …


Transitional Justice Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar will explore the diverse range of transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict societies and compare and analyze them in view of various demands for justice.


War Crimes Law Seminar

Course Description: This seminar explores the lack of “rule of law” and its role in the conflicts in the Balkans, focusing on the history and studying both international and domestic trials.


What’s International Law For? Purposes and Values of the International Legal Order Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar examines the overarching policy purposes animating and guiding the international legal order.