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International Law Courses

Asylum and Refugee Law

Law 551, 2 or 3 hours - Professor Cindy Buys

This course will teach students substantive asylum and refugee law, as well as procedures for representing an asylum applicant. Students will gain an understanding of the history and development of asylum and refugee law, both internationally and within the United States; will become familiar with the substantive legal requirements to qualify as a refugee; will be able to identify the appropriate forms and procedures for filing a claim for asylum; and will learn about the availability of related forms of relief.

International Law

Law 558, 3 hours - Professor Cindy Buys

This course introduces students to the rules and processes governing relations between states and between private parties located in different states in the international system. Subjects include the rules and sources of international law; how international law is made, implemented and enforced; the interaction between international law and U.S. law; international and nongovernmental organizations; and international dispute resolutions.

International Business Transactions

Law 559, 3 hours (SKL) - Professor Cindy Buys
Associate Professor Michael Koehler

This course is designed to introduce students to international law as it relates to private business transactions. It covers the international sale and purchase of goods; national and internationalregulation of international business transactions, including trade, licensing and investment; and resolution of international business disputes. The course introduces students to negotiation and drafting of international business agreements.

Immigration Law

Law 593, 3 hours - Professor Cindy Buys

This course familiarizes students with the law relating to the admission to and removal from the  U.S. of non-citizens. It covers the roles and powers of the different branches of government in the development of immigration law and policy. Topics include the constitutional rights of noncitizens, family and employment-sponsored immigration, bases for exclusion and removal, asylum, and citizenship.

Immigration Law Practice Experience

Law 593C, 1 hour - Professor Cindy Buys

This course offers one hour of S/U credit for experiential learning for up to three immigration law students per semester. Student(s) will assist with the Immigration Detention Project and other immigration law-related activities, including conducting research, arranging translators, giving presentations, grant writing and reporting, and other tasks. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Law 593 (Immigration Law). Graded S/U.

Legal Globalization

Law 602, 3 hours - various faculty

The Legal Globalization course introduces students to the phenomenon of globalization and its impact on cultures and legal systems using different countries and topics of examination as case studies.  Students in this course will learn about a particular country and a specific legal topic. Course coverage will likely include examination of a country’s history, legal and governmental systems, culture, and language(s).  Students will also travel to the country of examination with their instructor, typically for a period of one week, to continue their studies.  Activities in the country of destination might include service learning and other experiential learning opportunities, lectures from foreign academics, business leaders, governmental officials, and attorneys, and visits to legal institutions and cultural points of interest.  To date, Legal Globalization courses have been offered with respect to Cuba and Germany.

International Criminal Law

Law 606, 3 hours - Professor Chris Behan

This course will examine international criminal law, in particular substantive crimes, tribunals for prosecution, and domestic and international jurisdiction over offenses. The course goal is for students to develop an understanding of the issues involved in balancing the prosecution of international crimes with the interests of state sovereignty and the primacy of domestic criminal law. Prerequisite: Law 516 (Criminal Law).

Current Developments in International Law: Human Rights

Law 608, 1 to 3 hours - Professor Cindy Buys

This course will focus on current developments in International Law. Most recently, the focus has been on the laws, legal regimes and institutions governing international human rights.  The study of human rights includes the theoretical foundations of human rights as well as the continuing evolution of these rights.  The course considers how the protection of these rights is or is not made effective by the international community through international, regional, and national regimes and evaluates the impact of non-state actors such as non-governmental organizations and corporations on human rights. 

Current Developments in International Law: Intellectual Property & Economic Development

Law 609, 1 to 3 hours - Associate Professor Mark Schultz

Some of the most controversial issues in international law and policy concern intellectual property. The stakes have never been higher. In wealthy countries, economic growth and prosperity are increasingly focused on innovation and creativity as an ever-higher percentage of economic value and investment lies in intangible goods. Entertainment, technological innovation, and new drugs are among the industries where the U.S. retains a competitive edge. Developing countries seek to follow this path to development by investing in their own innovative industries, but many conflicts loom. This class brings in expert speakers from around the world via video to address these issues. We will focus on four topic areas: Intellectual Property, Trade and Development; Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Access to Medicine; Current Trade Issues: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and Global Creative Industries. We will also do simulated trade talks.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Law 624, 2 or 3 Credit Hours - Associate Professor Mike Koehler

This course will be an in-depth study of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act its FCPA enforcement, FCPA compliance and related issues. The FCPA is an important law governing certain business relationships in foreign markets and is currently a top enforcement priority of the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Students will dissect the new era and in doing so will confront the FCPA statutory text, legislative history, judicial decisions, enforcement agency guidance, and resolved FCPA enforcement actions