International Law / Area Studies
This is a listing of selected courses which focus on the domestic legal systems of foreign countries and specific regions.
LL.M Seminar (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
The course is designed to give students an overview and practical insight on the legal aspects of doing business with or investing in Latin America. The course will focus on Mexico, but will also address legal issues associated with doing business in Central and South American countries. Topics will be discussed from the perspective of U.S. investors doing business in the region, and will cover the legal implications of cross-border distribution, licensing and joint venture arrangements, acquisitions and direct investments, labor planning and creditor rights.
Recommended: Contracts, Corporations, and International Business Transactions.
Note: A student will be permitted to drop a course that meets for the first time after the add/drop period, without a transcript notation, if a student submits a written request to the Office of the Registrar prior to the start of the second class meeting. Withdrawals are permitted up until the last class for this specific course.
LL.M Seminar (cross-listed) | 1 credit hour
This course provides a comparison of aspects of the Japanese and US legal systems with the objectives of (a) providing some insight into the Japanese system, (b) demonstrating how legal concepts taken from an established legal system are "reinterpreted" when imported into a different legal system based on a different culture and history and (c) providing a basic understanding of selected Japanese legal topics. Among the substantive law areas which will be compared (after a survey of historical and societal foundations which affect the Japanese and US legal systems) are various aspects of Constitutional Law including Separation of Powers, the Legal System and the Japanese Constitutional provision Renouncing War; the differing views of dispute resolution including Litigation, mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution devises and their role in the legal systems of Japan and the US; discussion of the New (1998) Code of Civil Procedure and its potential effects on the future of litigation in Japan; the changing environment of the study and practice of law in Japan, including the 2001 recommendations of the Council on Judicial Reform; Equality and concepts of equal treatment opportunity; Criminal Law and Administrative Law.
Note: WEEK ONE COURSE. This seminar will meet for one week only on the following days: Monday, January 8, 2018 through Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:35 p.m.This course is mandatory pass/fail and will not count toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit for J.D. students. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory and all enrolled students must attend the first class in order to remain enrolled. Students on the wait list must attend the first class in order to be admitted off the wait list. Enrolled students will have until the beginning of the second class session to request a drop by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Once the second class session begins, students may only seek a withdrawal by contacting their academic advisor in the Office of Graduate Programs. Withdrawals are permitted up until the last class for this specific course.
LL.M Seminar (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
The objective of the seminar is to have an opportunity for analytical discussion on the major issues of the current developments in trade arrangements and trade negotiations in the Americas, and their linkages to some of the major development policy issues at the multilateral and national level for Latin American and Caribbean countries. The seminar will observe regional pacts as Mercosur, CACM, Caricom, the Andean Pact, and the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreements such as Canada-Costa Rica, US-Chile, Mexico-Central American Countries, and Central American Dominican Republic-USFTA. Thematic issues of market access (especially in agriculture), dispute settlement, trade in services, investment, trade-labor, trade-environment regulations, and competition policy will be discussed.
Professor Umaña also will invite experts in several of the topics to enrich the discussion. Students are expected to write a paper of maximum 30 pages long (double space) on a topic related to the seminar objectives and to present their research in class for feedback and group discussion. Class attendance, oral presentation, and class participation will be part of the overall evaluation.
Prerequisite: for J.D. students only: International Law I: Introduction to International Law (or the equivalent of International Law I, which is a 3 credit course in public international law).
Note: This course is limited to LL.M. and 3rd year JD students.