Comparative Family Law (2 credits), Dean Sam Davis

This course will examine family law issues from a comparative and to some extent an international law perspective. The objective of the course is to expose students to various themes in family law, viewed through the lens of comparative and international law, including the role of state and religion in regulating the family, the creation of the marital relationship, the dissolution of marriage, child custody, international child abduction, child support, adoption, reproductive rights and children’s human rights in the family context. Students hopefully will begin to think about domestic (U.S.) family law from a new perspective.

Comparative Law and Literature (2 credits), Prof. Judy Cornett

In this course we will read selected works of American, British, and perhaps Continental literature. The chosen works will raise issues relating to law, the justice system, and the role of lawyers. Each week we will read one short novel or 2-5 shorter works. Class discussion will be based upon questions submitted by students.

International Commercial Litigation (2 credits), Prof. Graham Virgo

An examination of the law and practice of international commercial litigation from the English perspective–jurisdiction and operation of the English Commercial Court; international rules for recognition and enforcement of judgments; interim relief; choice of law in commercial litigation; evidence problems in transnational disputes.

International Entertainment Law (2 credits), Prof. Rick Dooling

The laws governing the entertainment industry, artists, and their representatives. Students will learn about legal restraints on entertainment, including censorship of sex and violence, defamation, and privacy and publicity rights, with special attention to international variations on these lawsuits.  We will also introduce the laws governing international intellectual property rights in entertainment assets: copyright, trademark, artistic credits, and “moral rights” (“droit moral”). Students will acquire a working vocabulary of important entertainment transactions, such as publishing agreements, film and television option agreements, and agent and personal management contracts, and the use of sub-agents to sell foreign rights and world rights. The lectures also feature examples of real-life, practical knowledge from Professor Dooling’s misadventures in Hollywood doing screenwriting, movie and television production, and his international publishing industry experiences as an author, novelist, and journalist.

International Law (2 credits), Prof. John Hopkins

The basic introductory course in the field–the nature, scope, sources and jurisdiction of international law, the law of treaties, the doctrine of state responsibility, international dispute resolution and other topics.

International Sports Law (1 credit), Prof. Will Berry

The focus of this course is to introduce and explore the legal aspects international sport, and its interaction with American sports and American athletes. The class will explore the relationship of legal regulation to topics such as International National teams, The Olympics, The International Olympic Committee (IOC), and The Globalization of the National Basketball Association, The National Football League, and Major League Baseball. Additional potential topics include European Professional Soccer Teams, American Professional Athletes Playing Internationally, The International Sports Agent, The World Games, International Sport Sponsorships and the World Cup.

Transnational Insolvency: A Comparative Perspective (2 credits), Prof. Tim Tarvin

The course will provide an overview of bankruptcy generally, and more specifically the consumer debt regimes in Europe, primarily continental Europe, and compare those regimes with the past and present systems in the United States.  There will be a brief discussion of the fundamentals of the system in England and Wales.  The approach to consumer bankruptcy on the European continent differs substantially from that of the United States and other areas with a Common Law tradition.