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Provides a basic introduction to the institutional architecture and jurisprudence of the European Union, with special focus on key treaty provisions and important judgments of the European Court of Justice.
Optional component to European Union Law I taught in Italy during the semester break by European Union law experts at the University of Trento Faculty of Law. Classes address selected topics in European Union law such as labor law, environmental law, criminal law and procedure, and non-discrimination law.
Covers the basics of immigration law; family and employment-based immigration categories; citizenship issues, grounds of inadmissibility/deport-ability; detention; removal and relief from removal. Special emphasis is placed on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and humanitarian relief under asylum law and under the Violence Against Women Act.
Explores International Criminal Law, broadly defined to include criminal issues that arise in the international setting and international issues that arise in the context of national criminal law. This broad definition encompasses the prosecution of crimes in international tribunals as well as transnational crimes such as terrorism, organized crime, trafficking in drugs and persons, and cybercrimes, which will be prosecuted in domestic/national courts.
Provides an overview of the structure and basic principles of international environmental law and policy. The course considers the challenge of addressing global environmental problems; the regulatory limitations of U.S. law; and the basic structure and principles of international environmental law. The course examines in detail the structure of the Montreal Protocol regime and covers other areas, including treaties related to climate change, biodiversity and wildlife protection, and the intersection of international trade and the environment.
This seminar provides an introduction to international human rights law and procedures. It examines what are "human rights" and explores the law of treaty interpretation, how human rights law is incorporated into domestic legal systems, and the role of international governmental organizations, international and regional courts, and non-governmental organizations in protecting human rights. Students gain experience in researching international law and in international legal analysis. An AWR class.
This course provides an introduction to international law and the international legal system. Using real-world examples, it examines the processes through which international law is made, interpreted and applied, exploring the role of states as well as that of international bodies, non-governmental organizations, and corporations. The application of international law in domestic legal systems is examined, as is the reach of domestic law in the international arena.
An introduction to trade law and policy, with particular focus on how U.S. trade policy affects, among other things, jobs for American workers, global prosperity and income distribution, access to needed medicines, and indigenous cultures. We will examine how current WTO rules either advance or sabotage progress toward establishment of a more prosperous and egalitarian world economic order and consider proposed reforms of the investor protection provisions in NAFTA and other regional free trade agreements. AWR class.
Students engage in research and advocacy on cutting-edge issues in international human rights law, working directly with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and inter-governmental organizations under the supervision of the professor. The course has two components: a classroom component of two hours per week, and regular meetings with each student.
This course will take as its focus the greatest instance of forced migration in Europe since the immediate aftermath of World War II. More than just an examination of the protection of migrants and refugees in general, this course will consider how the enormity of this particular migrant crisis has revealed the considerable fault lines in the law of this area.
An optional addition to the International Human Rights course: Field study of a week at the United Nations in Geneva, to observe first-hand the work of the Human Rights Council, and meet with Special Rapporteurs, NGOs, state delegations to the UN, and UN human rights treaty body members.