Courses - The Hague, Netherlands

Track 1

Week 1
July 6 - 9, 2020

International Litigation: Current Issues (1 credit)
Instructor: Paul Lund, Charleston School of Law

The course will examine choice of the litigation forum and factors that place limitations on that choice, including jurisdictional constraints and contractual constraints. It also will introduce students to choice of law issues that arise in the international context, and it also will briefly examine whether U.S. law may apply extraterritorially to events or parties outside of the country. The course will examine particular issues that arise in litigating a transnational case, including international service of process issues and issues in obtaining discovery. We'll also examine issues relating the enforcement of judgments internationally. There also will be some consideration of unique issues that arise during litigation against foreign sovereigns.

Week 2
July 13-16, 2020

International Negotiation  (1 credit)
Instructor: James Sheehan, Stetson University College of Law

The first class is going to be a discussion of the Harvard Principles of Negotiation. The second class will be a discussion of the case study, “To hell with the future, let's get on with the past.” George Mitchell in Northern Ireland,to see how the basic principles of negotiation are applied in an international setting. The third class will be a discussion of the case study, Stuart Eizenstadt: Negotiating the Final Accounts of World War II. The fourth class will be a discussion of the case study, The Maryinski Palace Negotiations: Maintaining Peace Throughout Ukraine's Orange Revolution.

These case studies are not only about the process of negotiation but also the issues of fairness and justice which is only appropriate since we will be at the International Court of Justice.

Week 3
July 20-23, 2020

International IP ADR (1 credit)
Instructor: Darryl C. Wilson, Stetson University College of Law

This course will introduce students to the resolution of international intellectual property (IIP) disputes in the global sphere via mediation and arbitration as compared to litigation. Students will be exposed to both public and private ADR options for resolution of these types of cases in both real space and cyberspace. The primary focus will be on the major international institutions at the core of outlining global processes for administration and determination of IIP conflicts such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Week 4
July 27-30, 2020

Rights of Artists in the US, UK, and EU (1 credit)
Instructor: Sue Liemer, Elon University School of Law

This course will explore intersections of the arts and the law, looking specifically at how the law encourages and protects artists in different jurisdictions. Legal disputes in the art world involve cultural values and societal interests, in addition to economic disagreements. As the course proceeds, the students will become more aware of the cultural lens through which they view legal disputes. They will hone the ability to consciously step outside their own personal biases to consider diverse interests and creative solutions. The main topics covered will be the economic rights of artists (copyright), the moral rights of artists (le droit moral), and the free speech rights of artists (First Amendment and its analogs).

Track 2

Week 1
July 6-9, 2020

War Crimes and International Courts (1 credit)
Instructor: Peter Margulies, Roger Williams University School of Law

The class will start with a brief history of war crimes tribunals, including the Nuremberg tribunals after World War II. It will move on to the principles of the law of armed conflict (LOAC), such as the principle of distinction, which bars the targeting of civilians. Finally, the class will analyze international law on aggression, which authorizes a state to use force only in self-defense in response to an “armed attack.” What does “armed attack” mean in cyberspace? The class will also address other technological advances, such as drones and autonomous weapons systems (computer-guided targeting).

Week 2
July 13-16, 2020

US & international Illicit Drug Policy (1 credit)
Instructor: Taleed El-Sabawi, Elon University School of Law

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the context necessary to understand, analyze, and evaluate drug policy approaches. In doing so, it teaches students how sociological, economical, and cultural values influence the policy process, and in doing so, shapes the direction of policy. It helps students grasp why certain legislation is enacted despite the lack of evidence or even in contradiction to the available evidence. It demonstrates to students how ideas become laws and how ideas influence the interpretation of those laws – and it does so all in the context of U.S. & international drug policy. This course also teaches students the inter-relatedness of the legislative, administrative, and judicial branches, and how each can shape the types of approaches taken to a policy problem. Further, this course provides students with an international comparison, so as to be able to better judge American legislative proposals, administrative rules, and judicial decisions.

Week 3
July 20-23, 2020

Comparative Criminal Procedure  (1 credit)
Instructor: Mark Dobson, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law

This course will be an introduction to 3- 4 topics areas of comparative/international criminal procedure. Each topic will be explored in a three hour to four-hour module. The topics will be extra-territorial application of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, comparative approaches to plea bargaining (including brief discussion of the Right to Speedy Trial), and comparative approaches to the exclusionary rule.

The goal is to take three very central issues in the American criminal justice system (constitutional restraints on the police in evidence gathering ), (the most frequently used means of resolving criminal cases), and (the appropriate remedy for police violation of a suspect's constitutional rights in the evidence gathering process) and compare how other nations and the international justice process as a whole approach them.

Week 4
July 27-30, 2020

Comparative Litgation: Free Speech Issues (1 credit)
Instructor: Diana Hassel, Roger Williams School of Law 

This course will compare British, European, and American approaches to two critical free speech issues: hate speech and libel. Questions relating to the extent racist or other abusive speech should be permitted has challenged American and western European systems. Similarly, the freedom to publish defamatory and scandalous information about public figures has also created controversy. There are significant substantive and procedural differences in the way the different legal regimes approach these issues.

 Using two central fact patterns, we will work through how the claims relating to hate speech and libel can be pursued under the differing systems. Students will be required to prepare and be critiqued on written advocacy and oral argument throughout the four-day course

Student Group in the Hague

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
  South Africa
Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program
International Student Exchange


For more information, see International Programs Office or Study Abroad FAQ (PDF) or contact us at [email protected].