Course Class Instructor Instructor Institution
The Law of Constitutional Amendments M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Jonathan Marshfield Arkansas
Behavioral Legal Ethics: International Case Studies M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Paula Schaefer Tennessee
International Law M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
John Hopkins Cambridge
Globalization and Development M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Antonia Eliason Mississippi
International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution M-Th
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brendan Plant Cambridge
Global Human Trafficking and the Law M-Th
11:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Anna Shavers Nebraska
International Sports Law T
2:00-4:20 p.m.
Will Berry Mississippi

*(maximum of 4 classes)

Courses and Textbooks

The Law of Constitutional Amendments (2 credits), Prof. Jonathan Marshfield

Constitutional amendment rules are arguably the most important provisions in any constitution because they establish the processes for changing (or even eliminating) all other provisions. Constitutional amendments can, for example, add or eliminate rights, create or modify government institutions, and even invalidate constitutional rulings by courts. As such, amendment rules have far-reaching effects on constitutional theory and public law practice. This course examines the basic theoretical issues underlying constitutional amendment rules, surveys the doctrine that has developed around judicial enforcement of amendment rules, and engages with ideas for reform of amendment processes.

Text: None. Materials provided by professor.

Behavioral Legal Ethics: International Case Studies (2 credits), Prof. Paula Schaefer

Behavioral science provides insight into why seemingly ethical lawyers engage in professional misconduct. Students will gain an understanding of the psychological factors outside of the lawyer’s conscious awareness that impact decision-making and develop strategies for combatting these issues in practice. Course materials will include: (1) case studies of illegal and unethical conduct of lawyers from multiple countries; and (2) behavioral science research. Students will analyze and discuss readings in online forums and in the classroom. In a final project, students will write a paper and present research into how behavioral science explains attorney misconduct in a selected practice setting.

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)

Globalization and Development (2 credits), Prof. Antonia Eliason

Globalization, while generally viewed as a positive by economists, has a growing number of critics across the world. This course examines the effects of globalization on international and domestic law, particularly global finance, trade, investment and administrative law. The course will partly focus on challenges facing developing countries, including issues relating to the rule of law, institutions, sustainability, and capacity-building. We all also evaluate European and American concerns regarding globalization. The goal of the course is to provide a framework for understanding both developed and developing country apprehensions and to provide a broad legal introduction to the complexities of the global market economy.

Text: TBA.

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 Human Trafficking and the Law (2 credits), Prof. Anna Shavers

This course will provide an in depth analysis of human trafficking law and policy by surveying relevant international laws as well as US laws and procedures governing human trafficking.   We will examine the relationship between the transatlantic slave trade and modern-day slavery in which people are considered to be trafficked because they are compelled through force, fraud, coercion, or other means to engage in commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Our exploration will include a critical analysis and comparison of strategies used to address various forms of trafficking from the perspective of the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States Constitution; the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (“TVPA”); the UK Modern Day Slavery Act, as well as federal, state, and local criminal prosecutions of traffickers; assistance for victims and victims’ rights issues; and issues of international cooperation and conflict.   A final examination will be given.

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.