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Winter Intersession

Courses held everywhere from Newark to Zanzibar

From International Law to practical advocacy skills to environmental law issues in the Gulf of Mexico, Seton Hall Law offers winter courses at home and around the world. A new program on the BP oil spill in New Orleans joins other popular winter offerings. Here’s what students are taking this year:

Transnational Law

This lecture course will provide students with an introduction to international law, including the sources of law in different legal systems, how international treaties are interpreted, and how decisions are made. Topics will include the role of states in the international legal system, international actors and the law-making process, international law in national courts and hierarchy, business disputes, the role of the individual in international law and the impact on state sovereignty. This winter the course will be taught by Professor Kristen Boon, Professor Margaret Lewis and Professor Steven Tierney.

Exoneration: Special Problems of Representing the Convicted Innocent

An innocent person is convicted. How can this legal determination be overcome? This course introduces students to the special legal and practical problems involved in developing and litigating a post-conviction case of factual innocence. Professor Lesley Risinger, who will teach the course, led the process that won the exoneration of Fernando Bermudez, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1991.

New Orleans Winter Study Session – BP Oil Spill Program

This winter, Professor Marc Poirier takes a group of students to New Orleans. The program will combined lectures and guest speakers at Loyola University with afternoon trips to facilitate understanding of the south Louisiana onshore and near shore geology and ecosystems, the nature and extent of offshore oil installations and onshore energy facilities, the impacts of the BP spill on ecosystems, fishing, and tourism, and the nature and extent of efforts to manage the cleanup.

Learn more about the New Orleans Winter Study Session.

Chamonix-Geneva Study Abroad: International Human Rights Law

Professors Lori Nessel and Carl Coleman accompany students to the Swiss Alps for a two-credit course on International Human Rights Law. A significant component of the course will involve visits to international human rights organizations located in Geneva, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Human Rights Council, and the World Health Organization’s Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights.

Learn more about the Chamonix-Geneva Study Abroad Program.

Zanzibar Winter Intersession Program on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

Students who take this intersession course, the only ABA-accredited course of its kind in Zanzibar, expand their knowledge of this important and rapidly developing area of international law. The beautiful idyllic island of Zanzibar offers students a rich and exciting academic and cultural environment while also offering the opportunity to explore the island’s extraordinary history, sights and beaches.

Learn more about the Zanzibar Winter Intersession Program.

Negotiation Skills and IP Issues in Sports Law

Professor Brenda Saunders-Hampden, who directs Seton Hall Law’s sports and entertainment law curriculum, has teamed with Skills Curriculum Professor David White for this new course. The class combines topical discussions of intellectual property (IP) in professional and amateur sports and negotiation skills in sports-related issues. Students explore such IP-related concepts as idea submission and protection, copyright issues in broadcasting sports events, First Amendment, trademark and branding ownership rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, use of likenesses in video games and virtual worlds, merchandising, marketing and licensing of IP rights within various entertainment industries, including agency regulations in sports and agency customs in entertainment.

Persuasion and Advocacy

In this hands-on, two-week course, students learn the art of persuasion in the context of the courtroom. Exercises and simulations focus on the integration of storytelling and thematic development into the basic skills of direct examination, cross-examination, opening statements and closing arguments. By the end of the course students should be more able to argue and more likely to win, both in and out of the courtroom.

Learn more about the Seton Hall Law Skills Curriculum.