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  (1 credit)
Instructor: Andrew Woodcock
The issue of human rights in the Caribbean has, in recent years, been focused on the question of LGBTI rights. Most Caribbean jurisdictions have little to no protection for such rights, and, in particular, the much-vaunted question of same-sex marriage has been largely ignored in this region.

However, it is important to remember that human rights constitute a much broader range of rights than simply the highly publicized LGBTI rights. This course will therefore consider human rights in the Caribbean in such areas as gender equality rights, the rights of workers, the right to a fair trial, and the question of capital punishment.

Consideration of these issues will be made within a comparative context of domestic protections which are offered in some of the key Caribbean jurisdictions, such as the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados. The legislative and common law protections will be considered, as well as the constitutional protections which are espoused throughout these states. It should also be noted that numerous Caribbean jurisdictions, such as the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles are all subject to the greater administrative control of European states which are, in turn, subject to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Finally, the domestic protections will be considered within the context of the wider international legal provisions, such as the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on Rights of the Child. Assessment will be made of whether, and if so, to what extent, Caribbean jurisdictions are in accord with the legal obligations imposed on the wider international community.


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.