Course Class Instructor Instructor Institution
Comparative Labor and Employment Law M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Steve Willborn Nebraska
Private International Law M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Michael Hoffheimer Mississippi
International Law M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
John Hopkins Cambridge
Property and Justice: Comparative Perspectives M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Iris Goodwin Tennessee
International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution M-Th
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brendan Plant Cambridge
Global Construction Law and Practice M-Th
11:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Carl Circo Arkansas
International Sports Law T
2:00-4:20 p.m.
Will Berry Mississippi

*(maximum of 4 classes)

Courses and Textbooks

Comparative Labor and Employment Law (2 credits), Prof. Steven Willborn

This course will consider a set of issues in labor and employment law that must be addressed by every legal regime, such as who is an employee, when can employees be dismissed, how are unions formed and governed, and how are wages and hours regulated. The course will provide a solid overview of the American approach to each issue and then compare and contrast that approach with the approaches in other countries. The course will require students to write two or more short papers and a longer final paper.

Text: None. Materials provided by professor.

Private International Law (2 credits), Prof. Michael Hoffheimer

Private international law, traditionally called conflict of laws in the U.S., is the law that governs the selection among different laws when a dispute or transaction has connections with more than one country or state and when the laws of those jurisdictions differ. For example, if students from New York drive to Toronto, Canada and one student injures the other in Toronto, the laws of comparative negligence of New York and Canada might differ in ways that affect whether the injured person has a claim or the amount of recovery. Similarly, two contracting parties from England might select the law of India to govern their agreement, and the law of India might require certain formalities or eliminate protections available under English contract law. In such situations, the courts of each system will need to choose among the applicable laws. In this class you will learn to identify disputes and transactions presenting issues requiring conflict of laws analysis. You will develop a working knowledge of the main approaches U.S. courts employ in resolving conflict of laws problems; a preliminary understanding of the choice-of-law rules in the EU; a working understanding of constitutional obligations that require states to respect the judgments and laws of sister states; and a working understanding of the principal constitutional restrictions on employing forum law in disputes with multistate elements.  In this course, students will take the leading role in presenting the assigned cases. Grades will be based on in-class written work, class participation, and a closed-book final exam. The topics on the final will be announced in advance.

Text: None. Materials provided by professor.

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)

Property and Justice: Comparative Perspectives (2 credits), Prof. Iris Goodwin

Examine and compare a number of contemporary justifications of individual ownership of property. Coverage will include the labor theory, the constructivist view (as per modern economists and certain social philosophers), and the Rawlsian view, among others. Considered alongside philosophical materials will be contemporary legal scholarship that focuses on problems of self-realization and distribution. Query the necessary conditions of any regime of individual ownership as well as the margins of what can be considered property.

Text: None. Materials provided by professor.

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)

Global Construction Law and Practice (2 credits), Prof. Carl Circo

In this course, we will review and compare alternative legal structures, documentation practices, delivery systems, risk management strategies, dispute resolution processes, and financial considerations of the global construction industry. We will emphasize in particular the practical knowledge and skills of U.S. lawyers representing participants in cross-border projects. We will explore international treaties, conventions, and uniform laws governing construction projects and disputes, and we will compare and contrast standard forms of design and construction agreements used in transnational and international construction. We will also engage in practical simulations providing a window into the special skills of global construction lawyers. These will include contract drafting and client counseling exercises, mock contract and settlement negotiations, and aspects of international dispute resolution practices. The focus will be on privately developed and owned construction projects and public-private partnerships.

Text: None. 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.