This course will examine the cultural, social, economic and political constructs toward a comparative exploration of jurisprudential, social, community and therapeutic responses to violence within domestic relationships in various countries. The course will provide students with an overview of existing and evolving norms that inform definitions of, causes of, and responses to family violence. While the course will emphasize similarities and differences between the legal recognition and framing of family violence in various jurisdictions, course study will also draw from various disciplines, including sociology, women studies, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology and social work, which influence and forecast the trajectory of domestic violence jurisprudence in both countries. Course work will also focus on how culture, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and race inform the availability and efficacy of interventions for domestic violence victims in various jurisdictions.
This course will survey and compare issues in family law in various countries. Laws governing the formation of the family, traditional and alternative family structures, gender role expectations, same sex unions, marital laws and the division of property at the termination of the marriage may be covered.
This course is a survey of comparative law, or the study of different legal systems. After an introduction to the differences between civil and common law systems, and codification and religious legal systems, the course will cover specific country studies. The focus will be on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Particular legal systems that may be covered include Islamic law, Cannon law and Jewish law, as well legal systems of countries such as Turkey, India, Pakistan and Israel. The course will focus on issues of human dignity under these various legal systems.
This course is a survey of how different legal systems, secular and religious, construct and regulate various aspects of human sexuality. Among the topics we may discuss are marriage as a socio-legal institution, minority sexualities, sex work and pornography in different countries including the U.S., India, Turkey, Brazil and Israel.
This course is a survey of how different legal systems, secular and religious, construct and regulate various aspects of adult consensual human sexuality. The course will focus on how various religious traditions have influenced legal and social understanding of sexuality. Among the topics we will discuss are marriage as a socio-legal institution, minority sexualities and sex work in different legal systems including those of India, Turkey, Brazil, Nigeria and Israel, covering Islamic, Canon, Judaic and Hindu legal traditions.
This course examines various aspects of the rights of celebrities, including the origin of protection, the philosophy of protection, scope of protection (both pre and post-mortem), remedies, defenses, and limitations on those rights under state and federal law in the United States, and compares the treatment of those issues in the U.S. with the treatment of analogous rights and issues under the laws of other countries, treaties (such as the European Convention on Human Rights), and agreements such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Students will participate in interscholastic intellectual property moot court or ADR competition in compliance with the rules and regulations of such competitions. Credit will be offered only for one semester even if work spans more than one semester. Enrollment will be dependent on approval by a faculty advisor and/or coaches and requires successful participation in an audition or selection process overseen by faculty members. Enrollment will be limited to competing students and the course will be offered only in instances when the school will field a team. Prerequisite: At least one of the core courses - Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).
In preparation for international moot court competitions, students will study the basic structure of international law, methods of effective international legal research and effective appellate advocacy in the context of international law. Enrollment will be dependent on approval by a faculty advisor and/or adjunct couches. Enrollment will be limited to competing students and the course will be offered only in instances when the school will field a team.
Students prepare for and compete in inter-school trial advocacy competitions, which include making opening statements and closing arguments, witness examination, trial motions, introducing evidence, and arguing objections. The unique nature of competitive practice emphasizes the balance between preparation and improvisation, and between strategy and ethics, as well as the refinement of trial themes and utilization of courtroom technology and presentation techniques. Prerequisite: Previous or current enrollment in Trial Advocacy Honors Board (LAW 567). Unit assignment will be based on a further interview conducted by the TAHB faculty advisor and adjunct coaches.
This course will explore basic problems of equality and liberty faced by the LGBT community. The course will cover various forms of discrimination, including housing and employment discrimination. The course will focus on how various constitutional concepts have been used to challenge various forms of discrimination against the LGBT community.