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International Legal Studies

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European Union Business Law Seminar (INTL9602)

3 credits. AWR Seminar.

This seminar will concentrate on the basic legal rules of the common market and the constitutional structure of the European Union. The developing jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice will be analyzed with a particular focus on the free movement of persons, both the rights of workers and establishments, to be free of discriminatory tax obstacles. The seminar will also explore special topics such as company law, trade law and the Treaty articles on state aid. U.S. constitutional principles are compared throughout the course. We will be joined by distinguished guest lecturers from the EU Council, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (Department of Accounting and Taxation) in Munich and a Professor at Munich University. This course fulfills the requirement of EU law and an EU paper that is necessary for application to the European Court Externship Program.

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European Union Law (INTL7608)

3 credits. Lecture.

The European Union is the largest trading partner of the U.S., and the growth of multinational and integrated business activities between two continents has a substantial impact on the practice of law in this country. This course provides a basic foundation for understanding an entire legal system which has been developed in modern times. It studies the institutions and legal principles which govern this regime, some of which have been borrowed from the American experience and some which are still in the process of formulation.

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International and Comparative Family Law (INTL9617)

3 credits. Seminar.

Prerequisite: Family Law, Marriage and Divorce

Family law practitioners increasingly advise clients who reside abroad and/or U.S. residents who married, divorced, or had children while living abroad. This seminar explores issues in family law from an international and comparative perspective. It compares and contrasts family law in Canada, Israel, Western Europe, East Asia, and Africa, among others, to the U.S., focusing on international treaties and conventions on marriage, divorce, adoption, domestic violence, child support, and child abduction.

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International Criminal Law (INTL9615)

3 credits. Seminar.

This seminar covers the dynamic and rapidly growing field of international criminal law. Traditionally, international crimes related to universally condemned practices, such as piracy or the slave trade. However, advances in technology and communications, as well as increased transnational mobility, have led to new categories of conduct being recognized as international crimes and a new approach towards transnational justice. The seminar will focus on key topics in international criminal law, including the modern development of the law of war; the creation of war crimes tribunals from Nuremberg to the present; the emergence of a permanent International Criminal Court; and the challenges posed by transnational crimes such as terrorism and drug trafficking.

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International Environmental Law (INTL9603)

2 or 3 credits. Seminar.

Recommended: Environmental Law or International Law.

This seminar examines the developing international controls on activities affecting the world's environment. It begins with a brief overview of environmental law and of international law. It then considers the evolving legal mechanisms for addressing environmental issues. Topics for discussion include: the domestic environmental laws of other nations; bilateral and regional treaties governing environmental problems such as acid rain and endangered species; and the role of the United States and international organizations in regulating trans-boundary pollution. The course will also discuss the relationship between environmental obligations and free trade, as evidenced by the North American Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

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International Law (INTL8600)

4 credits. Lecture.

This course is an introduction to public international law as applied between independent states and in national courts. It includes selected problems in the sources, development, authority and application of international law; the law of treaties; recognition; territory, nationality, jurisdiction and immunities; the United Nations and other international organizations; international protection of human rights; state responsibility and international claims, and aspects of the law of war.

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International Oil and Gas Law (Offered in Cairo Program only) (INTL8613)

2 credits. Lecture.

This course will provide students the opportunity to become more familiar with issues in international oil and gas law. Students will study in detail the use of oil and gas contracts and how poor drafting will affect each party's rights and obligations. The course will pay specific attention to the contractual and regulatory environment in the Middle East. An understanding of oil and gas law, particularly in the Middle East can be of significant importance in the determination of public policy, diplomacy, international relations, and international commerce.

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Selected Problems in International Human Rights (INTL9604)

3 credits. Seminar.

This seminar will explore current issues of human rights concern and might include topics such as: The United Nations System and Protection of Human Rights, Child Soldiers and Human Rights, Women's Rights as Human Rights, Death Penalty, Genocide and International Crimes, Freedom of Speech - A Comparative Analysis, and Trafficking, among others. In addition, each student will select a country for more in-depth research on the status of Human Rights in that country. This course could fulfill the AWR requirement and no prerequisite is required.

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Transnational Law (INTL7600)

2 credits. Lecture.

Note: Students who will have completed less than 15 credits at the end of the Fall semester may enroll at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

Course is graded Pass/D or Fail for all first year students; upper level students may take the course for a letter grade, unless they choose to take it Pass/D or Fail, as their one course eligible under the Pass/D or Fail Option Policy.

This course will provide an introduction to the international legal system, its institutional building blocks and the participant, intermediaries and representative transactions that characterize it. The course is designed to introduce students to the sources of law in different legal systems, treaty interpretation, and methods of decision making. First year students are invited to enroll. Class readings will be organized on a module basis around contemporary legal debates. Topics include: (i) sources of international law, treaty interpretation, and the role of states in the international legal system; (ii) pluralism beyond the state: international actors and the law making process; (iii) international law in national courts: hierarchy and norm conflict; (iv) business disputes: foreign investment and the CISG in action; (v) the role of the individiual in international law, and the impact on state sovereignty. 

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United States Foreign Relations Law (INTL7625)

3 credits. Lecture.

This course examines the constitutional and statutory law that regulates the conduct of U.S. foreign relations. The topics covered include the distribution of foreign relations authority between and among the three federal branches, the relationship between the federal government and the states in regulating foreign relations, and the status of international law in U.S. Courts. While history is important to the development of foreign relations law, contemporary controversies arising out of the so-called "war on terror" will be a major focus of the course. In addition to the power of the President to imprison people he determines to be "enemy combatants," current debates include the nature and limits on the war power, the scope of the treaty power and the validity of executive agreements.

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Comparative Constitutional Design (INTL9616)

3 credits. Seminar.

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure or Civil Procedure I and II

Since the 1980s, a wave of democratization has swept Eastern Europe, Latin America and the former Soviet Union, as well as parts of Africa and Asia, making democracy the dominant form of government in the world today. A necessary feature of the process of transition to democracy in a given country is the design and adoption of a new constitution. Using the framing of the U.S. Constitution and the essential elements of U.S. constitutionalism as points of departure, this seminar will examine some of the principal options and trade-offs that new democracies might consider as they design and write their constitutions, and, in particular, how drafters of the world's newest constitutions have dealt with such issues as separation of powers, enforcement of the constitution, religious and cultural pluralism, free speech, federalism, social and economic rights, equality and antidiscrimination, political representation, and constitutional amendment. The seminar aims to deepen the student's appreciation and understanding of the policies and contingencies that drive particular constitutional choices and the importance of context in constitutional design.

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Comparative Constitutional Law (INTL9606)

3 credits. Seminar.

Prerequisites: Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law I & II

As a result of the breakup of the Soviet Union and the rapid transformation of other non-democratic regimes into democratic nation states, there has been a growing interest in comparative constitutional law. This seminar will explore the extent to which constitutional experience in the Unites States and various other countries can be shared. Specific areas likely to be examined include: judicial review, federalism, due process, and individual liberties such as freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and freedom of the press.

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Comparative Law and Religion (INTL7632)

3 credits. Lecture.

This course deals with the relationship between church and state in several different countries, using the law in the United States of America as a basis of comparison. Since 1947, when the Supreme Court of the United States decided the issue whether Ewing Township could provide transportation to and from school for parochial school children (Everson v. Bd. of Ed., 330 U.S. 15), America has debated the role of religion in American public life. At its heart, the issue has become in fact whether religion should play a role at all in American public life or be restricted to the private life of the individual person, as some countries do. Such a view would prevent people from expressing religious allegiance in public (for example, wearing religious symbols such as yarmulkes, crosses, turbans or Muslim head dress) or from inserting religion into the sphere of politics. The status of religion in American constitutional law, the debate about religious heritage in discussions of the draft oof the Constitution of the Unione Europeo (EU) and the current status of secularization as well as theoretical conceptions of the place of religion in pluralistic societies will be treated, including several European and Latin American views.

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Federal Regulation of International Trade (INTL8610)

2 credits. Lecture.

 This course investigates contemporary problems in International Trade from the perspective of a private practitioner. It will study in-depth the major international unfair trade statutes including anti-dumping, countervailing duty, and the Escape Clause provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The seminar will consider the Export Administration Act of 1985, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Specific attention will be given to the violation provisions of the General Agreement and methods of classifying imported merchandise. The seminar will also consider criminal and civil enforcement remedies and the jurisdiction of the Court of International Trade over import disputes.

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Law in Contemporary China (INTL9613)

3 credits. Seminar

After a brief examination of the roots of China's legal tradition, this seminar will turn to China's contemporary legal system and its role in political, economic, and social developments. Topics will include: access to justice and court reform, environmental law, criminal law and procedure, commercial and corporate law, labor law, administrative law and constitutional law, the protection of human rights, and China's engagement with public international law.

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Legal Implications of the Middle Eastern Revolutions and Revolts, The (INTL9618)

3 credits. Seminar.

This seminar will examine the impact of the recent popular uprisings in the Middle East for international law, diplomacy, and world constitutionalism. The seminar will acquaint students with the jurisprudential, legal and constitutional landscape of the major Middle Eastern countries. It will then stimulate reading and discussion on the issue of the recent efforts to achieve constitutional reform, judicial reform, liberal rights and the establishment of robust democratic and political cultures in these countries. Larger issues involving the problem of revolution and legal change generally will also be considered. Each class session will involve reading and media material from the region and occasionally a lecture by a knowledgeable guest speaker.

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International Business Transactions (INTL8602)

2 credits. Lecture

International business transactions are business transactions that are transactional in character. The transnational aspect typically arises from the fact that (1) the transacting parties operate in or from different national jurisdictions; (2) the transaction involves the movement of goods, services, technology or capital across national boundaries; or (3) the transaction, where it occurs between parties in one country, has legally significant extraterritorial effect in another country. The course is designed to give students a broad overview of the law - domestic, foreign and international - governing international business transactions. Students will be introduced to the contractual and regulatory issues and risks that confront private parties in a variety of transnational transactional settings, including the settlement and resolution of disputes that may arise in such transactions. The transactions that form the subject matter of the course include documentary international sales, agency and distributorship agreements, licensing, foreign direct investment, international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and natural resource development.

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Transnational Lawyering Skills: The Rule of Law in Guatemala (INTL9630)

2 credits. Skills.

The course builds upon Seton Hall Law’s existing Guatemala Rule of Law program in which a small group of law students travel to Guatemala during fall break (with faculty) to learn about human rights and access to justice issues. In the past, the program has engaged with partners in both the U.S. and Guatemala on a range of topics, including criminal justice reform, legal services for rural populations, right to information and government transparency, and accountability for past human rights violations. The course will expand on this program through an intensive focus on skills-building in the context of an integrated curriculum. The course will consist of weekly classes focused on developing lawyering skills through an examination of various human rights and rule of law issues in Guatemala. The students will travel to Guatemala over the Fall break, providing them with an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge through on-the-ground experience and engagement with local partners. The remainder of the semester will focus on the students’ completion of discrete projects initiated during the trip, accompanied by additional skills-focused instruction. While the specific context will be human rights and rule of law issues in Guatemala, the aim is to provide students with transferrable skills, such as interviewing techniques, cross-cultural-counseling skills, and developing and presenting legal education and training materials, that may be applied more broadly to a wide range of other areas.

Topics explored during the course will include documentation of and accountability for human rights violations; sexual trafficking and gender-based violence; the impact of U.S. immigration policy on Guatemala; and access to basic legal services. Each subject area will provide an opportunity for intensive skills-focus on interviewing techniques, legal research and writing, fact-development and investigation methods, cross cultural competency, and exposure to alternative lawyering strategies, including use of the media and public education. The teaching methods will combine doctrinal study with experiential learning exercises.

Prerequisite: Persuasion and Advocacy.

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Comparative Law (INTL7601)

3 credits. Lecture.

This course is an introduction to the civilian legal systems of Europe and Latin America. It emphasizes the contrast between the procedural and substantive devices used to accomplish similar purposes in the different systems. The course may focus on a particular civilian system.

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Comparative US and EU Antitrust Law (INTL7637))

3 credits. Lecture.

This course will compare the antitrust laws in the US and the EU and will examine each jurisdiction's approach to different kinds of conduct, with special focus on single-firm exclusionary strategies, joint ventures, and mergers. The course will analyze the underlying statutes, the actual cases, relevant economic theories, and policy principles.

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Admiralty (INTL7603)

2 credits. Lecture.

This course will study areas pertaining to Admiralty law, including: admiralty jurisdiction and procedure; federal-state relations; maritime liens; charter parties; bills of lading and the carriage of goods; maritime and maritime related person injury and death; collisions; marine insurance; limitation of liability and admiralty practice.

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WTO: International Trade In A Global Economy (INTL8601)

2 credits. Lecture.

This course studies international law applicable to commercial transactions. It examines "private law" made between parties, and the public international rules of the international economic system. Particular emphasis is placed on foreign direct investment, the role of the World Bank and the IMF in economic development, letters of credit and international contracting, and international arbitration.

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