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Jordan Study Abroad


Jordan Information

We regret to inform that the Jordan Study Abroad Program will not be available in Summer 2014. We expect the Jordan Program to be operational and available to students during Summer 2015. Program dates and additional information will be available in September 2014.

After first considering the historical background to the advent of written constitutions in the post-colonial Middle Eastern states, this course will undertake a comprehensive examination of process of constitutional reform currently taking place in a number of Middle Eastern states. Students will become familiar with the constitutional landscape in at least three Middle Eastern countries. The course will then critically analyze proposals for reform in those countries, comparing them to each other and seeking to discover the jurisprudential, political, social, religious and economic motivators for these proposals. Topics such as gender equality, rights of religious minorities, proposals for electoral reform, elimination of forced labor and other forms of exploitation, and the role of Islam in the future constitutional regimes will be considered and discussed. A number of prominent jurists currently involved in the constitutional reform process will give guest lectures.  

This course aims to give students an introduction to the principal alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes used in both the private and public sectors in various jurisdictions around the world. With an increasingly globalized world as a backdrop, students will consider what the purpose of a particular process is, where it comes from (historically), how it relates to the formal adjudication system, what its advantages and disadvantages are, and who should decide whether it should be used (client, attorney, judge, other public official, or the general public). The course is designed to build theoretical knowledge, to equip students with an analytical framework useful in determining suitable dispute resolution processes, and to instill practical skills and strategies to enhance effectiveness in cross-cultural settings outside of the courtroom.

In this course, students will conduct a legal exploration of domestic and international laws that pertain to the protection of human rights. Reading and class discussion will investigate the limits and scope of states’ rights and responsibilities as well as the legal protections delineated by the Charter of the United Nations and key treaties. Reading and class discussion will also dissect jurisdictional as well as substantive issues relating to the viability of specific domestic and international laws designed to protect human rights. Class discussions will consider alternative enforcement-focused mechanisms that might better protect these rights.
In addition, this course will identify what modern and novel issues currently face citizens in the global market. It will also consider legal ways to diminish the negative effects of globalization on dependent and vulnerable individuals. Ultimately, the course will generate discussion as to what the role of individuals, states and private and non-governmental organizations should be in promoting equitable human rights law in the global market. How could individuals, states, private and public institutions be instrumental in protecting human rights while striving for economic efficiency? What should be the role of the state in promoting human rights law locally as well as globally? Is it possible to envision better legal structures that could provide more enforcement powers to the United Nations while respecting states’ rights to sovereignty and self-determination?
The course is divided into two parts: the first part introduces the existing international human rights legal system, including its fundamental historical and theoretical underpinnings and scholarly critiques of the movement. The second part of the term will explore efforts to advance socio-economic and other human rights in selected applied contexts.

This course will introduce the students to the history, sources and methodology of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (The Shari'ah). The course will use a historical perspective, tracing the development of the Islamic science of jurisprudence and the four "Schools of Law" from the time of the Prophet Muhammad down to the present day. Topics include: independent legal reasoning; ancient and modern practices of Islamic tribunals and legislatures; the role of the legal treatise in the Islamic legal system; and contemporary issues, including modern banking transactions, freedom of expression, and problems involving Islamic states. .

*Course is subject to approval of the Seton Hall Law School Curriculum Committee and Faculty.