Government, Public Policy and Regulation 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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  • Refugee & Asylum Law , JURI: 5894 , Credit Hours: 2
    The world’s refugees – persons forced to flee home countries – topped 15 million in 2014. This course will examine laws and policies governing forced migration. To be studied: international and U.S. legal systems and institutions; substantive, procedural, and evidentiary aspects of an asylum claim; causes; and trafficking and other refugee experiences.

  • Regulating Digital Abuse , JURI: 5589 , Credit Hours: 2
    Digital abuse is on the rise. People are increasingly using networked technologies to engage in harassment, stalking, privacy invasions, and surveillance. The law will often adapt to deal with harmful technologies, and one of the pressing challenges of our time is deciding whether and how to regulate digital abuse. This seminar will consider responses to the harms enabled by networked technologies, exploring issues related to civil rights, consumer protection, cybercrime, free speech, privacy, and private self-governance.

  • Securities Enforcement , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course will examine the enforcement of the federal securities laws and related white-collar crimes from the perspectives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff, the Department of Justice, and defense counsel.  An important focus of the course will be discussing the relevant statutes, regulations, case law, and other legal principles, and applying them to practical situations that arise in government investigations.  The required weekly reading will consist of securities enforcement cases, statutes, regulations, and other relevant documents.  Given the highly evolving subject matter, many classes will include a short discussion of recent developments.  As events occur during the semester, we may supplement or replace the reading materials to account for current events and changes in the law.  Additionally, at points throughout the semester, we will have ‘practical’ classes that will involve workshops in which students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the course material in simulated real-world settings.

  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement , JURI: 5430 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course examines private, SEC, and criminal enforcement of the federal securities laws. Topics considered include fraud on the market, market manipulation, international reach of the fraud provisions, and securities arbitration, as well as developments under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This course is altogether distinct from, and does not presuppose knowledge of, the course in securities regulation.

  • Securities Regulation , JURI: 4960 , Credit Hours: 3
    This overview of the federal securities laws focuses primarily on the Securities Act of 1933. Topics covered include the definition of a security, the registration of securities offerings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, exemptions from registration, secondary distributions, and civil liabilities.

  • State and Local Government , JURI: 4900 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course explores common principles of state and local government with a strategic focus on key aspects of Georgia law.  The course will combine practical advice with some theory.  Issues addressed include organizational structures of local governments, authority granted to them by the U.S. and Georgia Constitution, and various ways they exercise (or attempt to exercise) their power.  The class may explore these concepts generally and in the context of specific subject areas including but not limited to annexation, home rule, immunity, incorporation, intergovernmental agreements, employment, service delivery strategies, regulatory authority, taxation, and zoning.  This course will introduce students to varied forms of writing and research associated with a professional practice in this area and reflect on professional roles and responsibilities.

  • Telecommunications Law & Policy , JURI: 5886 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course explores the rules and standards of U.S. telecommunications law. We examine the market structures and regulatory treatment of a number of related electronic communications technologies—from wireline and wireless telephony to t.v. to the Internet backbone—whose convergence and recombination continue to challenge frameworks first established decades ago. We focus most intently on the work of the Federal Communications Commission, the lead agency in the field, paying special attention to its implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. We also consider the ways that antitrust, intellectual property, and free speech principles constrain telecommunications law and policy.

  • Trademark Law , JURI: 4930 , Credit Hours: 2
    Acquisition of trademark rights, registration, infringement, false advertising, dilution, remedies, and international aspects of trademark law. Students in the class of 2013 and later are encouraged to take the IP Survey course before taking this course. NOTE: One cannot take the IP Survey (JURI 5050) after having taken any two of the following courses: Copyright Law (JURI 4430), Patent Law (JURI 4920), or Trademark Law (JURI 4930). If the IP Survey course is taken first, any or all three of the advanced intellectual property courses can be taken.

  • Urban Resilience , JURI: 5282 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will survey many different topics: climate adaptation and resilience, energy and water efficiency, environmental justice, land management, urban agriculture, waste management/recycling, and transportation. Case studies will focus on cities and corporations that are doing innovative work and serving as global leaders in sustainability and resilience. Overarching themes we will explore across all content areas include legal constraints of city and corporate authority, governance, and the roles of various types of institutions in developing, advancing, and advocating for local policy change. This course is interdisciplinary, covering ideas in public policy, law, urban planning, and management of natural and energy resources.

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