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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

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Global climate change has quickly become one of the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges confronting the international community. This course will explore the social, legal, political, and scientific challenges involved in addressing and responding to climate change. The first part of the class will explore the underlying issue of climate change and the …


Comparative Dispute Resolution

Course Description:

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:

Courts are often required to adjudicate cases that involve multi-state elements. For example, a contract may be made between an entity from New York and one from California to be performed in Ohio. A tort might occur involving citizens from different states, possibly in a third state. The course in conflict of laws explores how …


Doing Business in China

Course Description:

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 …


European Union Law

Course Description:

This course introduces the institutional and constitutional framework of the European law in its political, economic, and international context. It also examines the economic objectives of the European Union, the role of law in achieving those objectives, and the feasibility of law-based market integration. The course is taught as part of the Oxford Study Abroad …


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 respective roles …


Human Rights Law

Course Description:

International protection of rights, including the scope of rights protected and the mechanisms provided in the international order to seek proper implementation of obligations they assume by treaty or under customary international law.


International Business Arbitration

Course Description:

International arbitration is the primary method of resolving disputes that arise out of international business transactions. 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 …


International Business Transactions

Course Description:

Some familiarity with public international law and commercial law may be helpful but is not required. This is the general basic course on international business transactions. Issues covered include legal issues associated with financing commercial transactions, transnational contracts, and foreign direct investment in countries abroad. There will be some emphasis on international trade institutions, GATT …


International Criminal Law Seminar

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The topic of the seminar is international aspects of criminal law and procedure. Specific topics covered will be jurisdiction as between countries of the world to prosecute crime, extradition and other forms of rendition to secure a suspect for prosecution, trial by military commission for acts in violation of the laws of war, the jurisdiction of …


International Dispute Resolution

Course Description:

Disputes that arise between states of the world often require the work of lawyers to avert a more serious breakdown in relations, or to protect the rights of individuals whose interests are involved in the dispute. Disputes can be over a minor matter capable of quick resolution, or they can be over a long-standing issue …


International Intellectual Property Seminar

Course Description:

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

Course Description:

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

Course Description:

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 sea, and use of armed force.


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.


International Tax

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. The course will include elements of …


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. We will examine …


Law and Development

Course Description:

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 seminar focuses on Africa, both the domestic law of the various countries of Africa, and international-legal issues relating to Africa. Paper may deal with legal issues in a particular country, legal issues relevant continent-wide or region-wide, international conflicts between African states or between African and non-African states, issues of continent-wide significance such as ecological, …


Law of War

Course Description:

The Law of War course deals with two issues: (1) the lawfulness of the initiation of hostilities by nations, and (2) the lawfulness of the methods employed in the use of armed force. The first issue includes situations in which one nation initiates the use of armed force against another, and the role of self-defense …


Middle East Conflict Seminar

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Seminar participants will be asked to write a research paper on a topic relating to the Israeli-Palestinian territorial conflict, or to related issues, 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 …


National Security Law

Course Description:

This course examines the legal (international, constitutional, statutory, and administrative), process, policy, political, and personality aspects of the government’s national security efforts, as conducted by lawyers and policymakers. It explores horizontal federal interactions and vertical interactions international, federal, state, and local coordination). The course’s classroom portion has six modules: (1)conceptual and constitutional framing; (2) national …


The China Problem

Course Description:

This course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in transactional work. The background problem, entails advising a client on the risks and opportunities of forming a business or a joint venture in China. The course emphasizes the application of practice skills such as critical thinking, negotiations, and writing for a …