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Summer Abroa 2017 Class Descriptions: Electives

Comparative Law - Paris (LWYP528)

Instructor(s): StaffStaff

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law, International Law, Study Abroad

Most courses in law school are about U.S. law. This course is different as it focuses on foreign law. Obviously, foreign law matters to all U.S. lawyers operating on the international scene, for example in international business or in international arbitration. And just as evidently, foreign law is very important within national law. Indeed, a huge quantity of legal situations in the U.S. involve foreign law (whether it be a contract entered into in New York governed by German law or a deceased person from San Francisco bequeathing real estate in France or the victims of a massive chemical explosion in India suing in U.S. courts). More controversially, there are those (including a number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices) who claim that, in an age of globalization when the U.S. is more interconnected with the rest of the world than ever before, U.S. law ought to derive inspiration from foreign law, for instance in constitutional litigation involving the death penalty or the rights of sexual minorities. This course will apply itself to this debate and discuss to what extent foreign law can or must act as persuasive authority. It will also consider two primordial questions. First, how could a U.S. lawyer get to know foreign law despite all the cultural differences arising across laws? Secondly, to what extent is meaningful understanding of foreign law possible? As regards these issues, various theoretical topics will be raised from an interdisciplinary perspective and some case-studies pertaining to human rights will be considered. 

Global Antitrust: Principles and Selected Applications - London (LWYL537)

Instructor(s): Roy Hoffinger

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law, LLM in International Law

More than 100 national or regional governments worldwide have adopted antitrust ("competition") laws, affecting all businesses participating in global markets. This course will explore the common principles underlying these laws, as well as the many differences in principle and application. It will be taught by one of the few practicing attorneys who has litigated to completion antitrust cases before government agencies in China, Europe, South Korea and Japan in addition to the U.S. The course will provide a "real world" perspective by covering the interaction of substantive law, agency process and other forces resulting in particular outcomes.

Int'l Internet & Intellectual Property Law - Paris (LWYP550)

Instructor(s): M. Margaret McKeown, Staff

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property

A survey of international intellectual property through the lens of the Internet, this course deals with the intersection of traditional intellectual property law and the Internet. Because this area of the law is in flux, particularly in the international and constitutional arenas, the course will include a discussion of current cases and events, supplemented by presentations from outside experts. The survey includes emerging copyright, trademark, trade secret and criminal law issues in the U.S. and other jurisdictions (especially the European Union), and the applicability of key treaties. In the face of differing cultural and social norms, the course will also focus on domestic and international regulation of the Internet, privacy, speech and content regulation, and social media.

International Commercial Negotiations - London (LWYL554)

Instructor(s): Allen Snyder

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Study Abroad, International Law

Skills and theory of both competitive and cooperative international commercial negotiating will be taught with simulations and discussions based on readings and current commercial disputes.