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COMPARATIVE LAW PROGRAM IN EUROPE

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Courses & Credits

Each course is worth 3 credit hours. Students must enroll for a total of 6 credit hours or the two courses listed below.

Six (6) Credits Total:

  • International and European Human Rights Law:  (LAW 911-001; 3 credits)
    This course discusses legal developments, court decisions, and international agreements in human rights and humanitarian law, with a focus on Europe.  Probable site vists include UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.
  • International Business Law and EU Institutions: (LAW 910-001; 3 credits)
    This course will provide students with instruction on new legal concepts, jurisprudence, and institutions reflecting the globalization of commerce. Particular attention will be given to the expansion and operations of the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London law firms, and other agencies and organizations that impact international trade and commerce.

The courses will be taught in English. Knowledge of French, while useful in several cities, is not necessary for participation in the program. Students will be expected to complete assigned readings, attend and participate regularly in all scheduled classes and events, and successfully pass a final written examination for each course. The final grade will be based on the examination and also on attendance and participation.

Class attendance is required. Attendance is normally taken. There is a final exam in Strasbourg Paris for Law 911 and in London for Law 911. The course grade is based on attendance and class particiapation (30%) and the exam (70%). There will generally be one class period or up to two visits and briefings per day. Some afternoons and most evenings will normally be free for individual activities, studying, or for taking advantage of the many cultural and recreational opportunities available in the countries visited.

Textbooks

It is the responsibility of the students to purchase the appropriate textbooks before leaving for Europe. The latest, most current edition of the book should be purchased.  Some readings will be posted.  Textboks will be placed  on reserve in the WCL library too.

International Economic Law (LAW 910-001)
Professor Jerry Sheridan (EU portion)
Professor David Snyder (International Business portion)

  • Detlev F. Vagts, William S. Dodge and Harold H. Koh, Transnational Business Problems. 5th edition. (University Casebook Series) 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1609300845  ISBN-10: 160930084X  
  • EU-related readings to be provided

International Human Rights Law (LAW 911-001)
Professor Rick Wilson

Textbook:  Steinhardt, Hoffman and Camponovo, International Human Rights Lawyering: Cases and Materials (2009), with its (online) Document Supplement of the same year.  Reelvant pages will be posted well before departure. 

Note: Bringing a laptop is each student's decision, but is recommended. If you bring it, make sure that files have been backed up, that you bring a security cable and that you have insurance in case of loss or theft. In the hotels that the group will use there is normally wireless access to the internet, so having a laptop may facilitate email and course-related research. In some hotels it will be possible to secure laptops in the room safe. In case laptops are permitted for use on exams, students are expected to provide a flash drive to turn in their exam. Please bring a couple of flash drives with you.

 



Professor Jeffrey Lubbers
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Room 515B
Washington, DC 20016
  (202)
274-4266
  jlubbers@wcl.american.edu