A survey of international environmental principles and problems, treaties, and conventions. Topics covered may include biodiversity, global climate change, hazardous substances, vessel-based pollution, marine conservation, transboundary air and water pollution (emphasizing Mexico-U.S. issues), and nuclear damage.
This course will consider the historical and contemporary influences on the development of International Human Rights and will proceed to cover the United Nations human rights system, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Charter and subsequent treaties and conventions in addition to customary international legal rules governing this increasingly important and rapidly evolving area. Major consideration will be devoted to the monitoring and enforcement of human rights norms as well as discussion of the controversial issues that dominate the subject. Various approaches to human rights will be explored and examined from the perspectives of the United States, Europe, and the Developing World.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to intellectual property concepts in the context of a global economy. The topics covered illustrate not only the application of legal principles, but the impact the treatment of intellectual property rights has on a broad range of social and political interests.
This is a survey course of fundamental international law concepts. Among the topics covered will be the history and various aspects of the international legal systems, establishing jurisdiction in various international courts, different issues in international human rights law, and the changing legal terrain after the attacks of 9/11/2001.
This course introduces students to the laws and legal issues associated with international migration and refugee status. Topics covered include the definition of refugee status, the 1951 Geneva Convention, the asylum/refugee distinction, the use of statistical analysis, and concepts incorporated into national immigration law. Interviews with actual refugees (when possible) and role-playing will be used to enhance students' experience.
This international and comparative course introduces students to real property law principles globally. Coverage comprises analysis of fundamental precepts as well as emerging issues of real property law in the international legal domain. The course explores comparative practice and policy. Course coverage may include the following: property rights and obligations; landlord-tenant relations; takings; land sale transactions; commercial sales; human rights and property; property and the environment; and property, race, and gender.
This course will introduce students to the developing field of international sports law and the practical application and impact of such laws. The course examines the legal and international dimensions of the modern sports industry. Additional areas of course coverage may include the historical development of amateur and professional sports, the structure of sporting organizations, the international governance of sport, the impact of intellectual property on sponsorship and promotion of sporting events, the special problems associated with doping in sports, international sports as a basis for advancing social and political agendas, and the increasing commercialization and globalization of sports.
A survey of the legal issues related to international white collar crime. Topics covered in this course may include an overview of substantive crimes, such as international tax, money laundering, transnational organized crime, transnational corruption, and counter-terrorism financial enforcement; relevant procedural doctrines, such as extraterritorial jurisdiction and extradition; and the role of international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and INTERPOL, in enforcing the law.
Internet activity is now engaged in by hundreds of millions of individuals and businesses of all sizes, requiring 21st century lawyers to have an understanding of the legal issues in the cyber domain. This course will explore a range of legal issues in cyber domain, including cyber security, privacy, network ownership and access, private versus public regulation of cyberspace, speech in cyberspace, content as property and intellectual property in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyberspace activities, liability of intermediaries, state and local regulation of cyberspace, and the interrelationship between technology and law as mechanisms of regulation.
This introductory course will examine the organization of the French legal system (with some comparison with the English and U.S common law systems). There will be some discussion of the sources and nature of the French civil law system and the structure of the French judicial system and how it differs from the English common law system.