Courses offered in this area include:
For course descriptions, see the Course Catalog.
A survey of the basic principles of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction. Topic covered may include substantive law areas of carriage of goods, maritime liens, charter parties, collision, general average, salvage, seamen and maritime worker rights, and liability limitations.
This course will explore the modern legal system in China and its origins. Since the reopening of law schools at the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970's, the Chinese legal system has developed rapidly. The government has established a Constitution, substantive law, functioning courts and administrative tribunals, law schools, and as of this past year, a unified bar exam of lawyers and judges. The number of lawyers grew from 5500 in 1981 to 114,000 in 1997. In order to understand the nature of this swiftly-evolving legal system, we will consider its origins, key actors and institutions, and selected substantive areas of law and policy.
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 introduces students to comparative law concepts within the context of our present age of globalization. Coverage comprises analysis and comparison of civil law and common law traditions from around the world. The class explores case and codified law, constitutions, governmental processes and legal perspectives. Key topics considered may include differing forms of democracy, the impacts of constitutional content, relationships between, and functioning of, the traditional branches of government, privacy, equality, freedom of expression and economic and social rights. Selected legal systems from nations within Europe, Asia, Africa and North America are emphasized.
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.
This class focuses on the legal aspects of financing feature films. The first topic addressed is the acquisition and protection of creative content, including: clearances, chain of title, options and the screenplay agreement. Following is an analysis of why most films lose money, the calculation of gross and net receipts, as well as the details of accounting in the film industry. Specific film financing models are discussed. The course concludes with a discussion of international co-productions, foreign film grants and tax driven film funds.
This course covers both private and public (government regulation) aspects of international business transactions. Specific topics covered may include international sales contracts and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), regulation of foreign investment and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), private international dispute resolution (including choice of forum and choice of law clauses, international commercial arbitration, and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards), U.S. customs law, remedies and responses to unfairly traded imports, and the regulation of international bribery through the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
This course will explore the difficult and complex would of international children’s rights. Topics covered may include past and present legislation, child labor, children in the sex industry, children living on their own, children and punishment, children in armed conflict, and enforcement of children’s rights.
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 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.
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.
This course will survey the developments of Spanish law beginning with the Roman Empire to the present. Some attention will be given to the historical roots and influence of ancient Moorish and Jewish cultures as well as understanding the ramifications of the end of the Franco dictatorship. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to introducing students to modem Spanish civil law and its legal system.
An introduction to the influence of the Mexico-United States border region on doctrinal development and legal policy in U.S. federal and state courts. Topics covered may include the natural and political boundary, search and seizure of migrants, immigration, transborder families, international real estate, financial arrangements, torts, crime, the environment, water, and the extraterritorial application of Mexican law. The question of how a "border legal culture" impacts the practice of law in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas will be emphasized.