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Summer Abroad 2016 Class Descriptions: Electives

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Comparative Law - Paris (Pierre Legrand)
LWYP528

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

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. 

Int'l Internet & Intellectual Property Law - Paris (Hon. Michael Hawkins, Hon. M. Margaret McKeown)
LWYP550

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), International Law (LLMC), International Law (JD), Intellectual Property (JD)

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 (Allen C. Snyder)
LWYF554

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

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. 

International Deals - London (Victor Fleischer)
LWYL550

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (MSLS), International Law (LLMC), International Law (JD)

Why are corporate transactions structured in the way that they are? This course explores the business lawyer’s role in (1) creating value by helping clients identify, assess, and manage business risks through efficient contract design while (2) simultaneously achieving the optimal legal, tax or regulatory treatment for the deal. The course includes case studies of actual transactions, with special emphasis on cross-border deals. No prior business knowledge or coursework is required.

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