2016 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 Business Law: (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.
- European Union Law and European Institutions (LAW 911-001; 3 credits):
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental treaties governing the European Union and the major institutions of the European Union. Students will examine such issues as: basic freedoms under the treaty, including free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital; and competition law in the EU. In addition, this course will introduce the European regional systems that govern the protection of human rights, including the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
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 Paris for Law 910 and in Strasbourg for Law 911. The course grade is based on attendance and class participation (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.
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. Textbooks will be placed on reserve in the WCL library too.
International Economic Law (LAW 910-001)
Professor David Snyder
European Union Law and European Institutions: Professor Jerry Sheridan (LAW 911-001)TBA
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 Andrew Pike
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016