Examines a topic, theme, or problem at the intersection of law, economics, and public policy.
We will examine and discuss the historical bases for the original concept of international law, and the economic, political, ethical and sociological reasons international laws have been established and expanded since that time. Specific topics explored will be international trade, environmental, employment, and intellectual property laws.
Student learning goals
To understand the historical, economic, political, ethical and sociological roots of international law.
To understand the types of international laws.
To understand the jurisdictional aspects of international law and how best to deal with them in an Internet-based environment as well as a brick-and-mortar environment.
To understand the specific laws that pertain to the various aspects of doing business or having any presence in another nation.
To understand current issues on international relations and how they may impact laws in the future
To understand U.S. laws that have an extra-territorial reach into other nations and how this impacts U.S. business practices.
General method of instruction
A combination of lectures, discussions, exercises (some will be in-class group exercises, and others will be individual take-home exercises), guest speakers, films, and an in-class team presentation.
An interest in the general topic and an appreciation for its complexity in the current world,which requires a global perspective on all activities in which a company or person may engage.
Class assignments and grading
Exercises, consisting of the application of general principles and concepts to hypothetical situations. An in-class midterm consisting of multiple-choice and short essay questions. A take-home final which will be cumulative and consist of essay questions. An in-class group presentation on a current hot topic issue in the international legal arena.
Each of the above items will be weighted by points, and the final grade will be based on the total number of points in all assigned categories.