Courses - The Hague, Netherlands

Track 1

Week 1
(July 9 - July 12, 2018)

Human Rights in International Family Law (1 credit)
Instructor: Louise Teitz, Roger Williams University School of Law

The purpose of this course is to explore the international legal framework in place to protect human rights primarily within one area, that of family law. The course will look at some of the international organizations, (e.g. the United Nations, the Hague Conference on Private International Law) and treaties (e.g., U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child), as well as regional organizations (e.g., Council of Europe, EU), instruments that help protect families and children. National courts and institutions and their part will also be examined. The course will emphasize the role played by private international law in protecting families and children cross-border. The intersection of human rights and religion in family law will also be explored, as for example in the area of forced marriage/child marriage.

Current initiatives underway at the Hague Conference including in the area of cross-border surrogacy serve as case studies to examine the intersection of private international law and substantive law, public law and private rights, and the ways that private international law can shape and support underlying human rights. We will evaluate how well the existing mechanisms and institutions work to keep pace with the dynamic changes in these areas and protect human rights. The class will also explore the cutting edge developments in the jurisprudence of the Hague Child Abduction Convention and the role of regional European instruments (e.g., European Conv. on Human Rights) to secure human rights; the role of the Hague Child Protection Convention in protecting children crossing borders, refugees, and human trafficking.

Week 2
(July 16-19 2018)

War Crimes and Courts-Martials (1 credit)
Instructor: Jennifer North, Charleston School of Law

This course will examine international law governing both the conventional and the modern battlefield – jus in bello – as it applies to military service members and to illegal combatants. The Law of Armed Conflict and the Geneva Conventions form the core of the course, alongside an introduction of the U.S. military justice system through review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts-Martial. A comparison to prosecution through international tribunals such as the International Criminal Court and United Nations tribunals is included, as well as examining ethical concerns through the specific topics of torture, targeted killing, use of drones, and rules of engagement. Current events and historical cases illustrate course content and provide thoughtful opportunities for class discussion and analysis. Students will gain an appreciation for the interaction of the ideals of international law and practical moral dilemmas of engaging in combat.

Week 3
(July 23-26, 2018)

International Consumer and Privacy Law (1 credit)
Instructor: Mark Bauer, Stetson University College of Law

Governments around the world work together and separately to protect consumers from fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair trade practices. Global trade has encouraged countries to endeavor to create some level of consistency in consumer protection and privacy law, which has been promoted by the United Nations, in its Guidelines for Consumer Protection, and ICPEN, which unites consumer protection authorities around the world. While many consider consumer protection and privacy to be a basic human right, lesser developed and developing nations often have enormous disparities in education levels and bargaining power between the manufacturers and sellers of products, and the buyers.

This course will consider the evolution of consumer and privacy law from private disputes to public international law and human rights.

Week 4
(July 30-August 2, 2018)

International Intellectual Property Alternate Dispute Resolution (1 credit)
Instructor: Darryl Wilson, Stetson University College of Law

This course will review what constitutes IP and the international treaties & bodies involved in addressing IP disputes via arbitration and mediation.


Track 2

Week 1
(July 9-12, 2018)

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

This will be an in depth discussion of the principles of negotiation and mediation as applied to international issues from the peace accords in North Ireland to the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine to war reparations. It is a study in history and human rights as well as the art of negotiation.  

Week 2
(July 16-19 2018)

Global Aging (1 credit)
Instructor: Mark Bauer, Stetson University College of Law

The world’s elder population is growing because of demographic trends and longer lifespans. According to the UN, the world’s elder population will grow by 56% over the next 12 years, and will double to 2.1 billion by 2050. Any national or international human rights laws touch upon the needs of elders, but discrimination, abuse, and the medical problems associated with aging often stigmatize and marginalize elders as a unique group. Different nations have addressed these concerns and challenges with some success, but best practices rarely cross international borders. This course will consider aging policy and law around the globe, and the efforts to create a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People.

Week 3
(July 23-26, 2018)

Justice on Trial – The Nuremberg Justice Trials of 1947 (1 credit)
Instructor: Judge Edward LaRose, Stetson University College of Law

“Judgment at Nuremberg,” the 1961 movie with Spencer Tracy and Burt Lancaster, was riveting but not fanciful. The film is based on the Nuremberg Justice Trial of 1947 before a military tribunal. Sixteen defendants, members of the Reich Ministry of Justice or People’s and Special Courts, faced prosecution for their complicity in enforcing unjust laws against the so-called enemies of the Nazi regime.

The student will receive a brief overview of the German civil law system and will examine the judicial system as operated by the Nazis from 1933-1945. The student will become acquainted with the major defendants, the judges, the major prosecutors, and defense lawyers. On reading portions of the court decision and trial transcripts, the student will gain an insight into how a Western European legal system failed the people it was intended to protect. The course is relevant to an understanding of contemporary international tribunals addressing criminal conduct and crimes against humanity.

Week 4
(July 30-August 2, 2018)

International Human Rights & Policing in the U.S. (1 credit)
Instructor: Judith Scully, Stetson University College of Law

In May 2015, the City of Chicago established a $5.5 million reparations fund for over 100 African American men tortured by Chicago police officers over the course of two decades (between 1973 and 1991). This course will focus on how lawyers with the assistance of community organizations placed pressure on the City of Chicago government to establish Reparations for these torture victims.

We will discuss how these legal activists leveraged their participation in international human rights tribunals of the United Nations –e.g., hearings held by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) as well as the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights -- to successfully pressure the City of Chicago to establish reparations. The reparations included not only a reparations fund, but an educational curriculum for middle and high school students telling the truth about this dark period of Chicago policing history; a monument to the victims of torture; a public apology from the City; and psychological support for the victims and their families.

This four day (12.5 hour) class will introduce students to the basic structure of human rights agencies and relevant international treaties. We will also focus on how nongovernmental organizations, lawyers, and community activists can utilize international human rights tribunals and human rights community education to achieve the goals of government accountability around the issue of police violence in the United States.


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