Stetson University

Courses - The Hague, Netherlands

Week 1
(June 29 - July 2, 2015)

International Court Involvement on Global Aging Issues (1 credit)
Instructor: Mark Bauer, Stetson University College of Law

Almost 10,000 people in the US are turning 65 every day. This aging of the population is not unique to the US, however. Many countries are facing myriad issues regarding aging populations at all levels of government and society including the use of courts to handle the issues. Some countries have started to look at aging as a human right. The UN is looking at a draft convention now, following up the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Organization of American States is also considering action regarding the human rights of older persons. This course will cover these developments as well as look at how countries have addressed the issues of aging. This course will look at the issues from both a systemic and practical perspective, including a skills component to teach the students some of the skills necessary to advocate for their elderly clients.

Week 2
(July 6-9 2015)

Comparative Negotiation and Mediation (1 credit)
Instructor: James Sheehan, Stetson University College of Law

This course will cover the basic principles of negotiation and mediation, then address the practice in the US in comparison and in contrast to that of the world courts. Students will also participate in mock negotiations and mediations.

Week 3
(July 13-16, 2015)

Comparative Civil Dispute Resolution  (1 credit)
Instructor: William Janssen, Charleston School of Law

Often overlooked amidst the emphasis on the public law mission of international courts and tribunals is the critical role played by international dispute resolution systems in addressing private, commercial disputes. As the globe continues to shrink, and the advent of Internet-based marketplace platforms proliferate, even the most local of interests can acquire a trans-border dimension. Effectively and reliably resolving trans-border commercial disputes is an increasingly important skill for new lawyers.

This course introduces students to conventional Nation-based adjudicative tribunals in Europe and elsewhere, to international adjudicative systems and tribunals, and to the challenges of jurisdiction and foreign judgment enforcements in trans-border commercial litigation. The course also introduces students to non-judicial adjudicative tribunals and how those tribunals offer an attractive trans-border dispute resolution alternative. The course has students role-play in simulated negotiation / mediation exercises. The course’s goal is to impart an appreciation of the challenges of trans-border civil dispute resolution, and to expose students to creative opportunities available through alternative international dispute resolution paths.

Week 4
(July 20-23, 2015)

War Crimes (1 credit)
Instructor: Amanda Padoan, Pepperdine University School of Law

This course surveys the law of armed conflict as it applies to today’s battlefields. Is there really law in combat? What constitutes a “battlefield?” Are the Geneva Conventions still relevant? When does the law of war apply? Does it apply to non-state actors? What is a war crime, and who decides? Is torture ever lawful? Is waterboarding torture? In the law of war, is there a difference between a terrorist, a combatant, and a criminal? What is an unprivileged belligerent, and who is a lawful combatant? Are drones lawful, and how do we know? Targeted killing? Are superior orders a defense to war crime charges? What is a cyber attack, and are they “armed attacks?” What legal problems do Guantanamo trials face? Is indefinite detention lawful? Such questions are the subject of the course.

It is not a philosophy course, nor is it national security law, nor human rights law. Those are inextricably related, but we focus on the law applicable in today’s non-international armed conflicts.


See the world while earning class credit in one of Stetson's many study abroad programs. In an increasingly global society, Stetson University College of Law enables you to discover new lands and foreign legal systems through several international study opportunities, including:

Autumn in London
Summer Abroad Programs
Cayman Islands Winter Break Program
International Student Exchange


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