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 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 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 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 world 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.
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.