Academic Program

2015 Academic Program

The following courses will be offered in the 2015 spring semester:

International Civil Litigation (3 credits)
taught by Georgia Law Professor Matthew Hall
Globalization has increased the frequency of transboundary civil disputes, whether between two companies like Microsoft and Sony or in business dealings with sovereigns like China. More than ever, the next generation of lawyers needs to know the law governing topics such as personal jurisdiction over foreign companies, forum nonconveniens, discovery in international disputes, forum selection clauses and foreign judgments. NOTE: Students who will have already received credit for this course at UGA may not repeat the course in Oxford.

Comparative Constitutional Rights (3 credits)
taught by Georgia Law Professor Matthew Hall

All rights-protective democratic systems of government have to deal with the problem of balancing the civil rights and liberties of individuals against the power of legislative majorities to govern. This course examines how different legal systems grapple with this dilemma. It does so by considering how different constitutional texts, governmental structures and social and legal traditions shape juridical responses to common questions about rights. The course will begin with a basic introduction to the legal systems of various countries. We will then read English-language translations of cases from different legal systems that address similar issues. The readings will include hate speech cases from Germany, Israel and the United States; religious freedom cases from Turkey, France and the United Kingdom; abortion cases from Germany, France and the United States; and political speech cases from Israel and Turkey. 

European Union Law (3 credits)*
taught by Oxford Professor Nicholas Bamforth

Designed to enable student to understand EU legal system and institutions as they evolve. Experts from Brussels teach discrete parts of the course. Topics include: introduction to the history and nature of the European Union (EU); law-making and administrative institutions and processes in the EU; economic sectoral policies, including competition and state aids, transport and agriculture; the internal market, including the freedoms (movement of goods, workers, capital, services); harmonization of national laws process, including company law, intellectual property, tax; external economic trade policy (common commercial policy); the impact of the Single European Act and the Treaty on European Union, including the expanded economic, commercial, social and political scope of the EU; the role of the European Economic Area.

*This course may change depending on the interests and availability of our Oxford based faculty.

Supervised Research Tutorial (3 credits)

This course is modeled on the format of the justly renowned Oxford tutorial. Each tutor will meet periodically with a small number of students. Meetings will be devoted to planning or revising the students' individual research papers, to be completed by the end of the semester. Law students will participate in groups of three or four with their individual tutors (professors). Listed below are the five Oxford professors who are currently supervising research tutorials: