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Europe Summer

Courses & Credits

Each course is worth 3 credit hours. Students must enroll for a total of 6 credit hours or two courses. All students enrolled in the program must take the International Economic Law course, and then can select either the Human Rights or the Environmental Law course.

Six (6) Credits Total:

  • International Economic Law:
    The New European Legal Order (LAW 910-001; 3 credits) - Required.
    This course will provide students with solid 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 and its Court of Justice, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Trade Organization, and other agencies that impact international trade and commerce.

Students then choose between the following two courses:

  • International Human Rights Law:
    Changing Concepts, Approaches, & Enforcement (LAW 911-001; 3 credits)
    This course discusses legal developments, court decisions, and international agreements in human rights and humanitarian law, and the more active role undertaken by the European Union, the United Nations Human Rights and Refugees Branches, the International Labor Organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, among others, in addressing these problems.
  • International Institutions & Sustainable Development
    Environmental Law (LAW 912-001; 3 credits)
    This course focuses on the international institutions responsible for promoting environmental law and sustainable development, including the OECD, the United Nations Environment Program, the World Trade Organization, and various non-governmental organizations.
The courses will be taught in English. Knowledge of French, while useful, 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 Geneva for Law 911 or 912. The course grade is based on attendance (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.  We will place them on reserve in the WCL library too.

International Economic Law (LAW 910-001)
Professor David Snyder with guest lectures by Jerry Sheridan

  • Detlev F. Vagts, William S. Dodge and Harold H. Koh, Transnational Business Problems. 4th or latest edition. New York: Foundation Press, 2008. ISBN 978 1599410845
  • Christa Tobler & Jacques Beglinger, Essential EU Law in Text. Budapest: HVG-ORAC, 2010. ISBN 978 963 258 087 6 (available for purchase in Brussels)
  • Supplement, Paris-Geneva 2011 (provided at no cost to the students by AU/WCL)

International Human Rights Law (LAW 911-001)
Professor/Dean Claudio Grossman

Hannum, Anaya & Shelton, International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice, (5th ed. 2011) Aspen Casebook Series,  ISBN-10: 0735598142; ISBN-13: 978-0735598140  

International Institutions & Sustainable Development (LAW 912-001)

Professor Durwood Zaelke

David Hunter, James Salzman & Durwood Zaelke, International Environmental Law and Policy (4th ed.) Foundation Press, 2011. ISBN-13:  9781599415383; ISBN-10: 1599415380 

Note: Bringing a laptop is each student's decision. 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 or CD 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