Course Class Instructor Instructor Institution
The Law of Death M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Stephen Clowney Arkansas
Global Perspectives on Leadership, Lawyering, and the Legal Profession M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Doug Blaze Tennessee
International Law M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
John Hopkins Cambridge
Comparative Corporate Law M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Steve Bradford Nebraska
International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution M-Th
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brendan Plant Cambridge
International Gender and the Law M-Th
11:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Michele Alexandre Mississippi
Comparative Sentencing T
2:00-4:20 p.m.
Will Berry Mississippi

*(maximum of 4 classes)

Courses and Textbooks

The Law of Death (2 credits), Prof. Stephen Clowney

Everyone dies.  Although many of us don’t want to think about this fact, societies must set up rules to plan for that eventuality. What happens to a person’s property when they die?  What happens to the body?  How much can the government take in taxes? Death also raises difficult questions about changing structures of family, advanced reproductive technologies, and the concentration of wealth. To explore these issues, this course will survey the law of estates, wills, and trusts in the United States and England.  The following topics will be covered in some depth: taxation of property at death, the law of intestacy, executing a valid will, contesting a final testament, the creation of trusts, and the duties of trustees.

Global Perspectives on Leadership, Lawyering and the Legal Profession (2 credits), Prof. Doug Blaze

After examining professional leadership principles and development, the class will explore the rapidly changing legal profession, including consideration of the major forces driving the changes globally. The class will also comparatively examine the varying business, technological, and ethical responses to the changes, with particular emphasis on potential impact on access to the legal system. Finally, students will consider the implications for their own career planning, leadership development, and future professional satisfaction. 

International Law (2 credits), Prof. John Hopkins

The basic introductory course in the field–the nature, scope, sources and jurisdiction of international law, the law of treaties, the doctrine of state responsibility, international dispute resolution and other topics.

Texts: TBA (purchase in Cambridge)

Comparative Corporate Law (2 credits), Prof. Steve Bradford

A comparative look at selected corporate law issues. The United States will be used as a reference point, with a focus on areas of corporate law where other countries differ significantly from the U.S. Topics to be covered include corporate governance; fiduciary duties and shareholder litigation to enforce those duties; limited liability; corporate takeovers; insider trading; and choice of law issues when corporations do business in more than one jurisdiction.

You are not required to know anything about corporate law or international law to take this course. Therefore, a course in Business Associations or Corporations is not a prerequisite.

International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution (2 credits), Prof. Brendan Plant

The last two decades have witnessed an explosion of activity in the area of international dispute settlement. As public international law has broadened in scope and deepened in content – providing today a more detailed system for the regulation of issues like international trade and investment, human rights, environmental protection, territorial sovereignty and maritime activity – so too have new institutions and procedures emerged for the litigation of international disputes. This course aims to survey several of the most important methods available for settling international disputes today and to identify commonalities and differences in their procedures, substance, emphasis and effectiveness. The course will look at the demands facing advocates appearing before a number of prominent international institutions, including the International Court of Justice, investment arbitral tribunals, the World Trade Organisation, international human rights courts, both regional and global, and litigation under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea.

Text: TBA (buy in Cambridge)

International Gender and the Law (2 credits), Prof. Michele Alexandre

Women around the world are striving to strike a fruitful balance between equitable rights and cultural rights. Further, LGBTQ communities face substantial, and at times deadly, obstacles to meaningful protection under domestic and international laws. Professor Alexandre refers to these efforts from these communities on the ground as “organic gender activism.” Through their actions, these activists sketch a useful blueprint for achieving a balance between these two important concerns.

This course analyzes how specific instances of organic gender activism around the world are transforming legal systems. This course also examines the theoretical framework and practical application of human rights law to the organic gender activism context. It does so primarily by using economic, social and cultural human rights and the implications of globalization as points of entry. Readings and class discussions will investigate the limits and scope of states’ rights. In addition, the course focuses on particular problems that are being tackled by organic gender activists today, but remain unaddressed by international and municipal laws. Finally, the course considers ways in which international law and gender jurisprudence could help bring these issues to the forefront of the legal discourse.

Comparative sentencing (1 credit), Prof. Will Berry

 In the United States, the Supreme Court has, over the past 15 years, explored the degree to which the Sixth Amendment limits the use of mandatory sentencing guidelines in state and federal courts. Commonwealth nations, on the other hand, are attempting to create sentencing guidelines, even if advisory, after decades of unfettered judicial discretion in sentencing. This class analyzes these competing approaches, including their virtues and drawbacks, and explores the puzzle of the use of discretion in criminal sentencing.