Stetson University

Courses - Granada, Spain

Week 1
(June 6-9, 2016)

Import-Export Law (1 credit)
Instructor: Jena Cauley, Florida Coastal

The next time that you go shopping, take a look at the country of origin labels of the products that you buy. Does your grocery cart have bananas from Belize, tomatoes from Guatemala and olive oil from Italy. Does your shopping bag have a shirt from the Philippines, blue jeans from China and shoes from Indonesia? Have you ever wondered about the journey of your food, clothing, electronics, or even your car has taken in order to get to you? As a nation that is heavily dependent upon imports for our food, clothing, electronics, furnishings and even automobiles, it is important to be knowledgeable about the importing process and how the rules may be used to an importer's advantage.


In Import-Export Law course, law students will undertake a practical approach in acquiring the basic legal knowledge that is necessary to import products in to the United States. Learning from the eyes of an attorney as well as a Customs Broker, students will learn how the country of origin of products is determined, how the country of origin of products effects consumer perception and pricing, how to fill out the Customs documentation that is necessary in order to import products, how tariff classifications are assigned, how anti-dumping and countervailing duties are enforced at the border, why Customs detains or seizes non-compliant merchandise and how to assist importers if problems arise with Customs.
 

Week 2 
(June 13-16, 2016)

Ecosystem Markets: Comparative Approaches to Environmental Offsets (1 Credit)
Instructor: Royal Gardner, Stetson

Billions of dollars (and euros) are spent every year on environmental offsets: actions that are designed to compensate for the negative ecological consequences of industrial and developmental activities. The course will examine how the US and Europe use regulatory schemes to create “ecosystem markets” where environmental credits related to endangered species habitat, wetlands, and climate change are bought and sold. Do these markets produce benefits for both the environment and business? 

Week 3
(June 20-23, 2016)

Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Under the United States Federal Trade Commission Act – A Statutory and Common Law Approach (1 credit)
Instructor: Michael Flynn, Nova

Trade regulation in Europe is for the most part governed by trade regulation rules promulgated by the European Union and supplemented by specific regulations applicable to individual countries. This course will introduce the students to the law of Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices in the United States using the Federal Trade Commission Act. The course will specifically cover the following concepts:

1) The Federal Trade Commission Act
2) The Relationship of The Federal Trade Commission Act to individual State Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Statutes
3) The Common Law and Administrative Definition of an Unfair Trade Practice
4) The Common Law and Administrative Definition of a Deceptive Trade Practice
5) The Concept of Per Se Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
6) Governmental and Individual Remedies for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices

The course materials will focus on United States Federal Court decisions and administrative rulings to provide not only the legal paradigm used to analyze unfair and deceptive trade practices but also provide concrete examples of the kind of business activities that constitute unfair and deceptive trade practices.

 

Week 4
(June 27-30, 2016)

International Insolvency (1 credit)
Instructor: Theresa Radwan, Stetson

Debt is part of life for individuals, businesses, and even countries. Unfortunately, with debt comes times that the debt cannot be repaid. This course considers alternative restructuring policies adopted by various countries to handle the competing interests of parties when insolvency leads to nonpayment of debts. Though the insolvency laws of the United States and Spain will be the starting point for the discussion, the laws of other countries will also be considered. The course structure is based on the Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law, promulgated by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The primary focus of the course is the broad policy concerns that must be considered in creating and maintaining workable insolvency laws. Consideration will also be given to the consequences of a country’s inability to pay its debts.

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