Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program Courses


Week 1
(Dec. 27, 2016 - Dec. 30, 2016)


Human Sex Trafficking: Psychology and the Law (1 credit)
Instructor: Mindy Sanchez
Human Sex Trafficking, an invisible challenge to human rights across the globe, is a robust and growing business, only less profitable than the drug trade. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of human sex trafficking. In this intercession course, we will focus on Human Sex Trafficking and related federal and international responses to what is now commonly referred to as modern day slavery. The class will begin with an inquiry into the question of what trafficking is-a question that, despite the existence of legal definitions of trafficking, remains highly contested. We will also explore who the traditional trafficking victim is; you will learn about the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual trauma experienced by the victims of human trafficking and the methods used to recruit and control them.

Human trafficking in the Caribbean will be discussed, with a focus on the six CARICOM countries who have been singled out as having a severe human trafficking problem. We will discuss the reasons why human trafficking is so pervasive in these countries in particular, as well as the laws, both American and International, which have been implemented to combat Human Trafficking in this region. Of note is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). We will discuss the TVPA as well as other current statutes that combat sex trafficking in the Caribbean. Finally, we will explore the challenges faced in prosecuting these cases, as well as solutions provided by the current legal framework in place. Class instruction will blend in-class discussion and analysis with the use of film clips, social media and other source materials to enhance your understanding of this topic.


Comparative Title Assurance Issues in Real Property Transfers (1 credit)
Instructor: Darryl Wilson
This course reviews the differences between the US recording act systems and the varied methods of recording property transfers in the Caribbean or lack thereof. The course looks at private title insurance as a way to offset the inadequacies of public records in the US, the lack of comparable private entities in the Caribbean and the impact of such a void in assuring that individuals have stable claims to private property.

Week 2
(Jan. 2-5, 2017)


Human Rights in the Caribbean – Focus: Identity (1 credit)
Instructor: Charlene Smith

Each day will focus on different Identities and how the Caribbean law treats that particular identity. The Cayman Islands will be the starting point each day. First, the identity of the indigenous people will be examined. The Cayman Islands are of particular interest because the claim is that nobody lived on the islands until “discovered” by Europeans. And, the first people there were pirates. That history is very different from other Caribbean Islands. Next will be how women have and are legally treated in the Islands. There is a wide divergency of what legal rights women have. Next will be minorities. Who is a “minority” depends upon the island and whether slavery was part of the history. Last will be members of the GLBTI community. Given that Jamaica has been declared the most un-receptive to anybody who falls within this category, makes these identities a “hot” topic.

The materials covered will be available via the internet and on the syllabus. The end project by the class members is to compare their own identity to any of those discussed.


U.S. Corporations, Tax Evasion, and the Cayman Islands (1 credit)
Instructor: Linda Jellum
The Cayman Islands is one of the most well-known tax havens in the world (along with countries such as Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and others). Unlike most countries and even some other tax havens, the Cayman Islands does not require corporate taxes, making it an ideal place for multinational corporations to base subsidiary entities to shield some or all of their incomes from U.S. taxation. This course will explore what tax havens are, how they work, why the Cayman Islands’ tax laws permit U.S. tax evasion, and what the U.S. and the Cayman Islands’ governments are doing to combat the problem.