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Immigration, Citizenship, and the Family

LAW 722

This course offers a comparative analysis of how family relationships, and how they are legally defined, provide the central avenues for citizenship and immigration benefits in the United States and in the European Union. Specific topics of study include birthright citizenship, family reunification immigration provisions, and intersections of family law with immigration.

Immigration Law

LAW 528

This course is a study of the legal issues surrounding United States migration. Topics covered include federal government power in admission, deportation, and exclusion; economic and political rights of immigrants; documented and undocumented immigration and the acquisition of citizenship.

Initial Externship

LAW 609

A law-related field placement in which students perform and observe legal work under the supervision of an attorney. For more information about the Externship Program, refer to the Externship Program Policies and Procedures Handbook. Prerequisite: Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.

Initial Judicial Externship

LAW 609J

A field placement with a California state or federal bench officer in which students perform and observe legal work under the supervision of a judicial officer or judicial law clerk. For more information about the Externship Program, refer to the Externship Program Policies and Procedures Handbook. Prerequisite: Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.

Intellectual Property Litigation

LAW 717

Examines problems involved in representing clients in pretrial and at trial in intellectual property cases, including factual investigation, negotiation, and specialized discovery and evidentiary problems. Special emphasis will be placed on the interrelationship between various types of intellectual property. Prerequisite: At least one of the core courses - Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).

International Adoption Law

LAW 526

An examination of the modern legal issues pertaining to international adoption law. Topics include an overview of events and laws leading up to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention), an overview of the Hague Adoption Convention and related legislation, a survey of the effect of the Hague Convention on adoption laws in foreign countries and the U.S., and an evaluation of the effectiveness of post-Hague Convention intercountry adoption laws and procedures.

International and Comparative Animal Law

LAW 912

This course looks at animal law from an international and comparative law perspective, analyzing the impact of globalization and other cultural and economic forces on the use of animals in agriculture, experimentation and entertainment. Although the class is focused on issues relating to animals, it covers a number of subjects of general applicability relating to international law, international trade, intellectual property and environmental law. Some of the subjects covered may include analysis of moral theories relating to the relationship between humans and non-human animals; review of laws of numerous jurisdictions relating to the use of animals in agriculture, scientific experiments, sport and entertainment, including film, circuses and animal exhibitions; analysis of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; study of the impact of international trade agreements on Animal Law issues, with a focus on the World Trade Organization, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights; consideration of the recent trend toward protecting the interests of animals through constitutional provisions; and analysis of animal-related intellectual property issues including cloning, patenting of life forms, trade secrets, and sales of artwork created by animals. Recurrent topics of discussion are the impact of globalization on Animal Law, and the economic, moral, social and cultural foundations of the various approaches taken to Animal Law in different jurisdictions.

International and Comparative Criminal Law

LAW 538

This course will explore the procedural, substantive, and policy issues of criminal law systems around the world in comparison with that of the United States. Topics covered may include, among others, all or any of the following: definitions of crimes; policing; identity theft; terrorism; representation of the accused; criminal liability and defenses; immunities; corrections; theories of punishment and readaptation; death penalty; extradition; organized crime; treaties; money laundering; and international criminal tribunals. Professors may choose to compare a specific criminal legal system to that of the United States, or may take a general survey approach to the material.

International and Comparative Employment Law

LAW 964

With the forces of globalization as a backdrop, this course develops labor and employment law in the context of the national laws of three countries important to the global economy -- the U.S., China, and Mexico. These national jurisdictions are highlighted by considering international labor standards promulgated by the International Labor Organization (ILO), as well as the rulings and standards that emerge from the trade arrangement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico -- the labor side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The course includes discussion about enforcing international labor rights in U.S. courts and global corporate codes of conduct.

International Business Transactions

LAW 555

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.

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