Cambridge Study Abroad Program Courses and Schedule

Course Class Instructor Instructor Institution
International Regulation of Cryptotransactions M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Carol Goforth Arkansas
International Law M-Th
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Federica Paddeu Cambridge
Comparative Structured Finance: Financing Credit for Businesses and Consumers M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Thomas Plank Tennessee
Global Perspectives on Law and Entrepreneurship M-Th
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Brett Stohs Nebraska
International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution M-Th
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brendan Plant Cambridge
Housing and Homelessness Across Culture M-Th
11:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Desiree Hensley Mississippi
International Sports Law T
2:00-4:20 p.m.
Will Berry Mississippi

*(maximum of 4 classes)

Courses and Textbooks

International Regulation of Cryptotransactions (2 credits), Prof. Carol Goforth

This course will introduce students to blockchain, bitcoin, and other cryptoassets, as well as the range of transactions and businesses in which such assets are used. It will begin with an overview of terminology, and then introduce students to the ways in which the U.S. has chosen to regulation cryptoassets. Using U.S. law as a starting point, the course will then look at how a range of other nations (some very friendly to cryptocoins and tokens and some exceedingly hostile) have chosen to deal with this new and emerging technology. Although the class will touch on financial regulation, securities regulation, and commodities regulation of cryptoassets, no background in these subjects is required or expected. Taxation of cryptoassets will be dealt with very briefly, if at all.

Text: None. Materials provided by professor.

International Law (2 credits), Prof. Federica Paddeu

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 Structured Finance: Financing Credit for Businesses and Consumers (2 credits), Prof. Thomas Plank

This is an introductory course to secured transactions and bankruptcy law that analyzes and compares the laws governing structured finance transactions in the United States and the United Kingdom, primarily Article 9 of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code, the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and the UK counterparts. Structured finance is a major source of financing for businesses that lend money and sell goods on credit to customers. Structured finance lowers the financing cost for these lenders and sellers and their customers because it avoids the risks borne by ordinary corporate or secured creditors if these lenders and sellers become insolvent. No prior study of the UCC, the Bankruptcy Code or UK law is necessary.

Text: Nothing to be purchased. The course materials are provided by the professor, and they include materials on the applicable law, including the applicable statutory provisions, and problems.

Global Perspectives on Law & Entrepreneurship (2 credits), Prof. Brett Stohs

A comparative look at selected legal issues that impact the formation and development of entrepreneurial endeavors across the globe. Anticipated topics include corporate formation and governance; tax policy and availability of venture capital; intellectual property protection; and laws relating to employment, contract, and e-commerce. The United States will be used as a reference point to discuss legal doctrines and approaches found in other jurisdictions. Discussion will also be driven by areas of student interest and research into non-U.S. jurisdictions, culminating in a final presentation and paper regarding their research findings.

You are not required to know anything about the above topics beyond what is typically covered in the first-year. Therefore, courses like Business Associations / Corporations, Intellectual Property, and Employment Law are not prerequisites.

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)

Housing and Homelessness Across Cultures: How Poor, Homeless, and Displaced Peoples are Sheltered Around the World (2 credits), Prof. Desiree Hensley

Using an international human rights framework, this course will examine how governments around the world deal with issues of homelessness, affordable housing for the poor, and shelter for refugees and other displaced peoples.  Using human rights reports, readings, film, and other media, students will learn how countries distribute property rights in an attempt to manage these problems, discuss whether those attempts are in compliance with international human rights law, and whether those choices and their effects differ from our own individual communities.  As a group, all students will participate in a cooperative project to investigate these issues and how they are addressed in England by conducting on the ground interviews, investigation, and reporting in Cambridge.  For a final grade, each student will pick a country or region for research and will write a paper regarding housing, homelessness, and/or sheltering displaced persons and how it has been addressed in that place.

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.