Courses - The Hague, Netherlands

Week 1
(July 4 - July 7, 2016)

International Law and Literature (1 credit)
Instructor: Sarah Gerwig-Moore, Mercer University School of Law

This seminar will focus primarily on discussions and depictions of European and International law and legal themes in a variety of literary texts. Reading and discussing together, we will explore archetypes and stereotypes of lawyers and clients; themes of mercy, justice, rules, order, process; consider the evolution of law; and consider our place in all of this as servants (or subversives) of the law. The course will focus in particular upon works of European authors.

Week 2
(July 11-14 2016)

Comparative Constitutional Law (1 credit)
Instructor: Jared Goldstein, Roger Williams University School of Law

This course seeks to expose students to the similarities and differences among constitutional systems. The four-day course will cover the following subjects:

• Day One—the nature of constitutional systems and basic constitutionalmodels.
• Day Two—the role of courts in constitutional systems and how different constitutional systems assign authority for interpreting and enforcing the constitution.
• Day Three—horizontal separation of powers and how different constitutional systems allocate executive, legislative, and judicial powers.
• Day Four—selected issues in comparative individual rights, including social welfare rights, abortion, and affirmative action.

Week 3
(July 18-21, 2016)

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 25-28, 2016)

Elder Law - Global Aging (1 credit)
Instructor: Roberta Flowers, 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.


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Autumn in London
Summer Abroad Programs
Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program
International Student Exchange


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