You will find a broad and challenging curriculum at Georgia Law - nearly 170 courses are offered, although not all of the listed courses are taught each year. Periodically, other courses are offered. Unless otherwise noted, all law courses carry the prefix "JURI."

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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, Prerequisite:

    JURI 4180

    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 Governance, JURI 5885, Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisite:

    JURI 4270 or 4640 or 4645 or 5360 or 4670 or 5894 or 5750 or 4745, or 4675 or permission of instructor

    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 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.

  • Immigration Law, JURI 5890, Credit Hours: 3

    This course will examine American immigration law and policy. Topics considered include source and scope of Congressional power to regulate immigration; procedures for entry, exclusion, and deportation; refugees and asylum; current immigration law reform; and the role of states in regulating migrants. This course is intended both for those who are considering immigration law as a career and for those who want a general introduction to an important area of law that intersects with many areas of practice, including administrative, criminal, family, employment, and international.

  • International Advocacy Seminar, JURI 5041, Credit Hours: 2

    Preparation, handling of international law moot court case and representation of hypothetical states before international legal tribunal. Topics covered impart knowledge of international legal reasoning, novel research and effective oral advocacy. This course is graded S/U. Enrollment extended by permission.

  • International Arbitration, JURI 4720, Credit Hours: 2

    This course will examine the legal regime governing international commercial arbitration. Topics will include the enforcement of arbitration agreements, arbitral procedure and the enforcement of arbitral awards. The course also will consider how to draft arbitral clauses.

  • International Business Transactions, JURI 4675, Credit Hours: 3

    This course will examine the legal regime governing a variety of international business transactions. Topics include international sales, international finance, and anti-corruption legislation.

  • International Civil Litigation, JURI 5810, Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • International Criminal Law, JURI 4270, Credit Hours: 3

    Examined will be the development and jurisprudence of international criminal law: its origins in post-World War II Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes tribunals; its evolution in post-Cold War tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Lebanon; and its siblings, noncriminal efforts like truth commissions. A focus will be the 10-year-old permanent International Criminal Court: its core crimes and ways persons may be held liable or defend against liability; the roles of actors including ICC prosecutors and defenders, judges, victims, partner organizations like NATO and the United Nations, and countries that belong to the ICC; and the relationship between the ICC and nonmember countries like the United States.

  • International Environmental Law, JURI 5750, Credit Hours: 3

    Interdisciplinary introduction to international environmental law and policy, focusing on how international environmental regimes emerge, develop and influence behavior. Selected case studies on topics such as acid rain, global warming, whaling, deforestation, and trade in endangered species.

  • International Human Rights, JURI 4670, Credit Hours: 3

    Study of international human rights law and international and regional organizations, states and private actors in field. Examines instruments and institutions forming sources of human rights law (UN system, including Charter and treaties, European, African and Inter-American human rights regimes), role of NGOs and interaction between domestic and international law.

  • International Law Colloquium, JURI 5205, Credit Hours: 2, Prerequisite: JURI 4640

    This course will consist of presentations of substantial works-in-progress on a variety of international law topics by prominent scholars from other law schools, as detailed at http://www.law.uga.edu/international-law-colloquium-series. In addition to reading the manuscripts and actively participating in classroom discussion of the work with the presenters, students will be expected to write a 3-4 page reaction paper on each of the colloquium papers. The course is repeatable; however, priority will be given to students who have not previously taken the course.

  • International Legal Research, JURI 5380, Credit Hours: 1

    Researching international and foreign law requires materials and methods different from those employed in researching U.S. law. This short course provides an overview of international law, with an emphasis on the resources and skills used to locate relevant international and foreign resources. Although students and researchers of international and comparative law should find this course particularly useful, non-specialists will also find it helpful in an increasingly global legal arena. Class discussions will include the differences between public international law, private international law, and municipal (foreign) law, important research tools, UN and other intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs); European Union & other regional organizations. Weekly research exercises provide hands-on experience in locating materials.

  • International Refugee Law, JURI 5595, Credit Hours: 1

    Who is a refugee? What is the legal framework currently applicable to those fleeing countries affected by armed conflicts and violations of human rights? What are the related obligations of host states? This course analyses the main international and regional legal norms governing refugee protection. It examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law. It also analyses the definition of a refugee, the principle of non-refoulement as well as asylum procedures. Particular attention is dedicated to the case-law of State Parties to the 1951 Geneva Convention. This class is pass/fail.

  • International Taxation, JURI 4710, Credit Hours: 2

    Considers role of American lawyer acting as tax planner in context of transnational business transactions; U.S. income taxation consequences of foreign corporations and individuals doing business and investing in U.S.; similar tax consequences of American companies and individuals doing business and investing in foreign countries.

  • International Trade Laws, JURI 5360, Credit Hours: 3

    Examines national and international policies and laws relating to international trade and investment.

  • Islamic Finance, JURI 5595, Credit Hours: 1

    Islamic finance is an increasingly important sector of the international finance market. No longer limited to the Middle East or Southeast Asia, there is growing interest in this market on the part of non-Muslim customers, investors, and financial institutions, and sharia-compliant financial services and products are currently offered more than 70 countries, including in the U.K. and the U.S. Yet in spite of its dynamic growth and future potential, the Islamic financial industry remains relatively unknown in the United States. This course is designed as an intensive basic introduction to Islamic (or sharia-compliant) finance and banking. It will explore the hows and whys behind the industry, its ethical and legal underpinnings, and how it interacts with the U.S. and other legal systems. No previous familiarity with the field is necessary, and there are no course prerequisites. All readings will be in English. The course is pass/fail.

  • Law and Institutions of the European Union, JURI 5830, Credit Hours: 2

    History of the European Union, law-making and administrative institutions and processes, economic sectoral policies, including competition and state aids, transport and agriculture; internal market, freedoms (movement of goods, workers, capital, services); harmonization of national laws; external economic trade policy; impact of Single European Act and Treaty on European Union.

  • Laws of War, JURI 4645, Credit Hours: 3

    Examined in this course will be laws and customs intended to regulate war - not only when and whether law permits resort to armed conflict, but also national and international legal rules and regimes governing how war is to be waged and when actors may be sanctioned for violating those rules.

  • Military Law, JURI 4390, Credit Hours: 2

    The course will focus on the system of military justice in the United States, and its sources of authority under the U.S. Constitution, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM). The course will also address the history of military justice in the United States and particularly the UCMJ since its enactment in 1951; the complementary relationship between military discipline and the UCMJ; scope of military jurisdiction; the different types of crimes established in the UCMJ; military trial practice and procedure , including a comparison between the evidentiary and procedural rules under the UCMJ/MCM and the civilian federal courts; the appellate courts established under the UCMJ; the role of the military lawyer and the organization and role of the several Judge Advocate General departments within DoD; the role of the military commander under the UCMJ; significant military cases reaching the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts; discussion of the use of military commissions in the Global War on Terror and a comparative analysis of military justice systems of other nations.

  • Moot Court Competition: International Moot Court, JURI 5042, Credit Hours: 2

    Preparation, handling of international law moot court case and representation of hypothetical states before international legal tribunal. Topics covered impart knowledge of international legal reasoning, novel research and effective oral advocacy. Enrollment extended by permission. This course is graded S/U.