International and Comparative Law Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Business Immigration Law , JURI: 5893 , Credit Hours: 2
    This is a two credit hour course taught by Teri Simmons addressing the laws, regulations and policies governing the entry of foreign nationals into the United States for business or employment purposes.

  • Children and International Law , JURI: 4745 , Credit Hours: 2
    Many aspects of international law concern issues related to children. The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child contains a catalog of ways that countries have pledged to protect children. Other treaties deal with specific topics; for instance, intercountry adoption, cross-border abduction, child labor, trafficking in children, and recruitment and use of child soldiers. The obligations set forth in those treaties are implemented both in national legislation and through global institutions including the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, and the International Criminal Court. This seminar will explore these developments at the intersection of family, labor, criminal justice, and international law. Grading will be based on students' research papers, which can satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

  • Comparative Constitutional Law , JURI: 4185 , Credit Hours: 3
    Why do we have a constitution? In what ways is our constitution different than those adopted in other nations? Are there things our constitutions could do better? This course explores questions like these in a comparative perspective. We will explore the different ways nations have addressed the common problems constitutions attempt to solve, such as the structural organization of governments and the protection of individual rights. In doing so, we will consider the relationships between constitutions and judicial review; the significance of written versus unwritten constitutions; and the pros and cons of comparative consideration of such questions.  In doing so, we will study constitutional arrangements in the United States, and in other countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Japan, and South Africa. Specific topics of study will include (1) the relationships between elected branches of government and courts under constitutional regimes that permit legislative override of constitutional decisions, (2) presidential compared to parliamentary systems of governance; (3) different forms of constitutional federalism, (4) approaches to protecting minority groups (for example, federalism, affirmative action for racial/ethnic/linguistic minorities, or group-based rights), (5) gender equality; (6) freedom of religion, (7) freedom of speech, and (8) positive social welfare rights.   The course will be graded through a combination of class participation, occasional written or in-class assignments, and a take-home exam.  There are no prerequisites for the course, although a familiarity with U.S. constitutional law would be helpful.

  • Conflict of Laws , JURI: 4410 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course examines the ways in which the courts of a nation or state seek to resolve legal disputes in which other nations or states have an interest.  The course will focus on two topics:  the jurisdiction of courts over persons or things involved in international or interstate legal disputes; and choice of law, the question of which jurisdiction’s law should apply in a given international or interstate legal dispute.  In addition, the course will cover the impact of the Constitution on jurisdictional issues, choice of law determinations, and the effect of state court judgments and decrees outside of the rendering state.  Other topics that could be covered include: conflicts between federal and state law; the effect given foreign nations’ judgments in domestic courts; and the extraterritorial application of federal law.

  • Foreign Affairs and National Security Law , JURI: 4425 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines how U.S. law both constrains and is constrained by U.S. foreign relations and the foreign policy-making process. The course considers issues relating to separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and the influence of international norms on US constitutional development.

  • Global Economic Governance , JURI: 5883 , Credit Hours: 1
    The architecture and rules of global and transnational economic law will be the focus of this course. Topics may include international trade, international investment law, international financial regulation, international monetary law, and/or international business transactions. International, regional, bilateral, and unilateral systems, as well as formal and informal arrangements and rules, will be compared. This course is a part of the Global Governance Summer School in Belgium.

  • Global Governance , JURI: 5885 , Credit Hours: 2
    In a globalizing world, the range of issues with cross-border implications only expands, from finance to trade, environment to human rights, food safety to sports. This upper-level course in International Law examines how and why different legal regimes have developed to govern these issues and when they succeed or fail.

  • Global Governance Overview , JURI: 5881 , Credit Hours: 1
    Global governance has emerged as a key concept in debates on how to address transnational challenges. Applying a multidisciplinary perspective, this overview course will familiarize students with the various actors, institutions, policies, and sets of rules that shape today’s global governance fora and have an impact on international policy-making levels. This course is a part of the Global Governance Summer School in Belgium.

  • Global Governance Practicum , JURI: 5884 , Credit Hours: 1
    Global governance is pervasive in our increasingly transnational times. This practicum will prepare students to be leaders in the field by providing a hands-on experience that connects their classroom study with today’s headlines. Working in small groups, students will explore current events via targeted research and writing, role-playing, and group presentations. This course is a part of the Global Governance Summer School in Belgium.

  • Global Human Rights & Security Governance , JURI: 5882 , Credit Hours: 1
    Humans’ place in world affairs poses questions of global governance. This course thus will examine: What rights do humans enjoy? How and against whom are those rights to be enforced? Is human security a better lens for examination? How is individual security to be balanced against national and international security? This course is a part of the Global Governance Summer School in Belgium.

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