Summer 2015 Courses and Schedule
|Global Issues in Corporate Law||M-Th
8:30 – 9:50 a.m.
|Comparative Law and Literature||M-Th
8:30 – 9:50 a.m.
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
|International Religious Freedom||M-Th
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
|International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution||M-Th
11:30 – 12:50 p.m.
|International Women’s Rights||M-Th
11:30 – 12:50 p.m.
|International Sports Law||T
*(maximum of 4 classes)
Courses and Textbooks
Global Issues in Corporate Law (2 credits), Prof. Carol Goforth
This class will cover a variety of issues that affect companies in a global context. The course does not presume familiarity with the detail of American business organizations or the structure of international law. Instead, the class will provide an overview of issues such as types of companies available on a global stage, differing sources of company regulation, choice of law issues when companies do business in multiple countries, the issue of limited liability, differing corporate governance rules, varying approaches to management roles and responsibilities, insider trading rules and business takeovers. Although the course is not completely limited to this, a particular focus will be on the laws of the US and the UK.
Text: Franklin Gevurtz, Global Issues in Corporate Law (Thomson West)
Comparative Law and Literature (2 credits), Prof. Jo Potuto
This course will examine Law AS Literature and Law IN Literature. The substantive focus will be two-fold: (1) on the interplay – and stresses – between the call to individual conscience and the obligations of citizens to obey the law, and (2) the scope and limitations of law to resolve problems. We will read plays, short stories, and perhaps a novel or two; examine source materials of famous trials; and consider the use of language, legal regulation of speech, and statutory interpretation. We also will see a couple of plays that were made into movies.
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)
International Religious Freedom (2 credits), Prof. Robert Blitt
This seminar will examine the multitude of issues that stem from the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief. Following a philosophical and historical overview of the development of the right across various political and religious traditions, students will explore a wide range of contested and often charged legal questions, including defining the relationship between church and state, between freedom of religion and related rights such as freedom of expression and association, and the scope of legitimate limitations on manifestations of religion. Readings will pay particular attention to the American experience, though the context for the seminar will be decidedly global in nature, bringing into consideration comparative political, religious, and ideological frameworks. The common touchstone for analysis will be based on developing an understanding of the right to freedom of religion or belief as it is set forth in key international instruments—including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—as well as regional commitments including the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Text: W. Cole Durham, Jr. and Brett G. Scharffs, Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives, (Aspen), ISBN: 978-0-7355-8482-2
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 Women’s Rights (2 credits), Prof. Michèle Alexandre
Women around the world are striving to strike a fruitful balance between women’s rights and cultural rights. Professor Alexandre refers to these efforts as “organic gender activism.” Through their actions, these women 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 have transformed 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 are, as of yet, 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.
We accomplish these goals by analyzing cases, journal articles, international and domestic laws. The first part of the course is dedicated to the exploration of international laws pertaining to the protection of women’s human rights. It focuses on the nature of human rights, on the obligations of all states to observe and promote human rights and on the enforcement mechanisms in place to promote gender equality. The
second part of the course examines actual stories and narratives from organic gender activists throughout the world and extrapolates the legal, gender and economic issues that permeate these stories.
Through this coverage, students will learn to correctly frame current problems and understand how law making often takes place at the grassroots level as well as in the academe, legislature and the courtroom. Class presentations, engaged discussions are all part of the course’s format. Students will also write a final paper, supervised by Professor Alexandre, on a selected topic of their choice.
Text: Materials provided by professor.
International Sports Law (1 credit), Prof. Will Berry
The focus of this course is to introduce and explore the legal aspects of international sport, and its interaction with American sports and American athletes. The class will explore the relationship of legal regulation to topics such as International National teams, The Olympics, The International Olympic Committee (IOC), and The Globalization of the National Basketball Association, The National Football League, and Major League Baseball. Additional potential topics include European Professional Soccer Teams, American Professional Athletes Playing Internationally, The International Sports Agent, The World Games, International Sport Sponsorships and the World Cup.
Text: None. Materials provided by professor.