New summer program gives a taste of study abroad without the travel

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GULFPORT, Fla. – Stetson Law is pleased to announce our Office of International Programs is now offering a series of 1 credit hour courses for law students who had hopes of studying abroad this summer but are unable to because of the pandemic.

This reimagined version of a study abroad program will feature multiple courses taught by faculty from Stetson and other law schools focused on topics of international, foreign, and/or comparative law importance. Students may choose to take one, or many, of the classes.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about these topics of law without the need to travel or to incur additional travel-related expenses,” said Jessica Dworkin, director of international and graduate programs.

Stetson Study Abroad Comes to You will be offered between July 6 and July 30, 2021. Each course will last one week, and students may choose to take between one and four courses during the duration of the 2021 offerings. Courses will generally be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, taught synchronously Monday through Thursday with Friday and the weekend being reserved for a take home final examination.

The curriculum will include such courses as:

  • International Space Law, taught by Professor Roy Balleste, Stetson University College of Law, will examine the role of international law in the regulation of outer space activities, including those related to the moon and other celestial bodies. Specifically, the course examines the current and potential future uses of outer space with a focus on recent developments such as mining, commercialization, space tourism, and claims of sovereignty over outer space and celestial bodies.
  • Health Law Issues and Human Rights in Africa, taught by Professor Florence Shu-Acquaye, Nova Southeastern University, will explore Health Law and Human Rights issues that make the African continent unique. It will highlight, the predicament of African Women and the current strategies and interventions to address these. The course will increase the understanding of the role of International and regional Treaties dealing with Human Rights in Africa, and their application within that context.
  • War Crimes & Courts-Martial, taught by Professor Jennifer North, Charleston School of Law, is a study of the Laws of War, the Geneva Conventions, the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Manual for Courts-Martial, as well as other relevant statutes and cases. It examines the laws governing the battlefield – jus in bello – as it applies to U.S. military service members and insurgent groups charged with war crimes. Current events are discussed in conjunction with international governing doctrines of the Laws of Armed Conflict.

Visit our website to find out more and register, or email internationalprograms@law.stetson.edu with any questions.