Comparative Corporate Law (Justice Randy Holland) (1 cr)
Today's global economy has resulted in a proliferation of multi-national corporations. Frequently, the parent corporation is governed by the law of one country and one or more subsidiaries are governed by the laws of other countries. This course will make a comparative assessment of the advantages and disadvantages to incorporating in a particular country. It will focus on corporations considering mergers, acquisitions, or joint ventures with corporations outside of their own jurisdiction and on the reasons why a corporation may decide to form a subsidiary under the law of another jurisdiction. For those comparative purposes, the law of Delaware will be used as the United States model.
Human Rights and Multinational Corporations (Paul Regan) (1 credit)
This course explores contemporary efforts to develop mechanisms, both voluntary and legally mandatory, by which multinational corporations are expected to adhere to international human rights norms when conducting overseas business operations in developing countries. The course will examine voluntary efforts in this area by the United Nations, through the UN Global Compact, and by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (the OECD). Attempts to establish legally enforceable mechanisms, principally through litigation in U.S courts asserting claims under the Alien Tort Statute (including recent U.S. Supreme Court developments), will also be explored.
Comparative Judicial Systems (Amanda Smith) (1 credit)
This course will explore the different types of judicial systems and the responsibilities of judges throughout the world. We will examine the histories of several court systems, common court structures, and the varying role of judicial review within political systems. We will also study the roles of judges within the systems, including (1) the selection and training of judges; (2) judges’ ethical responsibilities; and (3) judges’ decision-making and opinion-writing processes. We will compare several countries, with an emphasis on the judiciaries of the United States and Europe.
European Union Law—Origins, History, Institutions & Powers (Professor Massimiliano Granieri-Italian Faculty) (1 cr)
This course will focus on the study of the European system, made of civil law and common law countries within the so called Western Legal Tradition, up to the creation of the European Union. The course will cover origins, evolution and current structure of the EU, the role of EU institutions, the separation of powers, and the influence EU legal sources have on national legal systems. Eventually, the future of the EU law will be discussed in light of constitutional reforms, national sovereignty and Eurozone financial crisis.
Two 1-credit courses TBA
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