Courses - Oxford, England

July 27 - Aug. 8, 2020

Comparative Arbitration (3 credits)

Instructors: Joseph Morrissey and Stephanie Vaugh, Stetson

The course will begin with an overview of the CISG. The CISG governs the substantive law that applies by default to transnational sales of goods when the parties involved are from any of the over 90 signatory nations. The CISG will apply (in the absence of party choice otherwise) to all transactions for the sales of goods between the United States and its major trading partners. Accordingly, an understanding of the CISG is crucial for any lawyer involved with international trade.

Armed with an understanding of the CISG, we will then delve into another crucial feature of international trade: arbitration, a leading form of international private dispute resolution. Arbitration is frequently specified by parties to international transactions because of its perceived advantages (e.g., enforceability, speed, expertise, and impartiality) over traditional court mechanisms. Importantly for our course, arbitration is a function of the parties' contract. It is available to parties where they agree to it in a written contract, and it is conducted in accordance with the parameters the parties set forth in that contract.


Comparative Litigation (3 credits)

Instructors: Roberta Flowers, Stetson; Gillian More; Louis Fasulo, Pace Law; and S. Rafe Foreman, UMKC

This course teaches advocacy through practice, theory, and contemplation. Students will be exposed to the fundamental tenets of rhetoric, psychology, and storytelling. Students will learn how to represent clients at trial through simulated exercises. Developed skills will include witness interview and preparation, opening statements, witness examination, and closings. Students will apply theoretical persuasion constructs to these skills increasing both their substantive knowledge and practical ability. Local techniques and practices form an integral part of this course with multiple guest speakers from England, Scotland and Ireland. These common law attorneys and judges will bring a different view point to the process - expanding the students understanding of the differences and similarities that stretch across legal systems.

Working with the Trial Advocacy and Arbitration Professors, Roberta Flowers will provide daily lectures on the ethics of specific areas of Trial Work/Litigation. She will compare this to the ethics in UK. This will provide the students not only the skills of trial work but also the ethical constraints in each part of trial.