Cornell in Paris (short)


Introduction to the Laws of Europe

Cornell Professor: M. Lasser

This introductory series of lectures examines the origins and development of the legal systems in continental Europe and draws comparisons between these systems and the common law. It also offers an introduction to the the European Union and to the European Court of Human Rights. These lectures do not carry separate credit, but attendance by all enrolled students is required, as part of the regular courses.

Comparative Corporate Law (6173)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: C. Whitehead

This course examines fundamental issues of corporation law and governance in the United States, the European Union and selected countries in Europe. It does so through an analysis for basic corporate governance structures, including managerial duties and standards of conduct. It then builds on this analysis to address selected topics in corporate takeovers.  Emphasis is given to the universality of business problems in an increasingly globalized economy, the range of legal solutions to these problems, and the practical application of varying legal principles. A basic business organizations course is not a prerequisite to taking this course.

Litigation in a Global Context: Selected Issues (6095)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: B. Holden-Smith

This course will introduce students to the issues that arise in private transitional litigation.  Topics to be explored include judicial jurisdiction, forum selection, international arbitration, and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Comparative Family Law (6175) (1 credit)
Cornell Professor:
C. Bowman

After a brief overview of U.S. family law, this course will address a number of issues from a comparative perspective, including family structure (Western Europe, Japan, India, U.S.);family law in post-colonial Africa (marriage in a plural legal system, Islamic marriage, polygamy, conflicts with constitutional guarantees of equality, etc.);religion and the law of marriage and divorce (Indonesia, Ireland, U.S., Israel);cohabitation and gay marriage (U.S., Canada, Western Europe);international human rights, cultural pluralism and children. In addition to the instructor, Cynthia Bowman, who has extensive knowledge of U.S. and African family law, external speakers from European Union countries will address the class.

comparative legal studies (6177)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: M. Lasser

This course introduces students to the study of foreign legal systems. Focusing on Continental Europe and East Asia, it will provide a broad overview of the institutional and conceptual organization of "civil law" and other legal systems. In addition to studying different approaches to private law and procedure, criminal procedure, administrative law and constitutional law, the course will examine the effectiveness of assorted comparative methodologies.

International Commercial Arbitration (6181)(2 credits)
Cornell Professor: J. Barceló

A study of arbitration as the dominant dispute resolution process for international trade and business disputes, the course addresses each of the principal stages of the arbitration process: (1) enforcing the agreement to arbitrate; (2) selecting arbitrators; (3) arbitral proceedings; (4) court enforcement of arbitral awards.The course studies international commercial arbitration as a transnational system, drawing on legislation, cases, arbitral awards, institutional rules, and treaties from all parts of the world.It stresses the two principal legal instruments unifying this field on a world scale: (1) the U.N. Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and (2) the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.The course also emphasizes arbitration under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is headquartered in Paris, one of the world’s leading centers of international arbitration.

Back to Top

International Human Rights (6183)(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: M. Ndulo

This course examines the development and effectiveness of international law governing a state’s treatment of individuals within its jurisdiction.Topics include political and civil rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, minority rights, and international criminal law.The course will also examine different mechanisms for implementing human rights, including the UN system, treaty bodies, regional institutions, and national courts.

Gender and International Human Rights (6465)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: S.Babcock

This course explores issues of gender through an international and comparative human rights law lens. We will examine international and regional instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and will explore topics such as violence against women, LGBT rights, abortion, maternal mortality, female genital mutilation, sexual violence in armed conflicts, human trafficking, and other practices affecting women. We will also examine the cultural relativist challenge to the application of international human rights, as well as tensions between religious practices and gender rights.

Global Financial Markets (6467)(one-credit)
Cornell Instructors: S. Omarova and R. Hockett

This course will introduce students to key legal and regulatory issues raised by the globalization of financial markets and increasingly cross-border nature of financial transactions. Specific topics to be covered include (a) an overview of post-crisis shifts in "home-host" regulatory dynamics, (b) efforts to harmonize national systems of financial regulation, and (c) the post-crisis campaign to build a more robust institutional structure for cross-border systemic risk oversight (e.g., Financial Stability Board, the growing role of the International Monetary Fund, and the new Basel Capital Accord). The course will also examine and compare specific structural reforms in the financial sector of the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union. By focusing on a neatly parallel set of reform proposals in the three jurisdictions, this explicitly comparative part of the course would help students situate, within specific contexts, some of the more general discussions about global financial reform with which they might be familiar.

Global Indigenous Rights (6469) (1 credit)
Cornell Professor: G. Torres

This course will examine the international framework for dealing with the claims of indigenous peoples. In addition to the international legal framework we will compare two common-law systems and one civil law system. We will compare the international and domestic responses to indigenous peoples including the challenges they pose to the dominant role of liberal legalism.

Beginning French(non-credit)

CLAUDE BÉDARD-CLARET is the instructor of Beginning French. A long-term resident of Paris, where she has taught French for many years, she also has strong ties to Québec. She has a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and a Certificate of Specialization in Teaching French to Foreigners, from École Normale Supérieure de St-Cloud, Paris. Her doctoral dissertation was on the teaching of the French language. She has been a researcher at the Centre International de Recherche sur le Bilinguisme, at the Université Laval, Québec, and is the author of two texts on teaching French as a foreign language: Français contemporain (Toronto 1980) and Français à la carte (Télé-Université, Montréal 1983).

These classes are designed for students who have taken no French at all or who have taken less than two semesters at the high school level (one semester in college). There are no homework assignments and no examinations. The course includes excursions to restaurants and other outings to fully immerse students into French culture. Students may change to Intermediate French, if necessary, on or before July 3, 2015, which is also the last date to withdraw from the language class and receive a refund of the $460 fee.

Intermediate French


CHANTAL CASANOVA is a native of France. She obtained a master's degree from the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, where she studied American Civilization. She specializes in F.L.E. (French as a second language). In France, she has taught in various institutions, including the French and Spanish Trade Office, the "INSEE " (national institute of statistics) and the C.I.E.L.F. (International Center of French Language). From 1986-1990, she was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Romance Languages at Harvard University, as well as a teacher in the Harvard Lifelong Learning Center. Since 1994, she has participated in the Cornell Law School Summer Program in Paris, as the instructor of Intermediate French and the coordinator of the language instruction program.

These classes are designed for students with a year or more of French, even if taken years ago. It is not an advanced language class, however, so persons with basic competency in French might find that it is not sufficiently challenging. There are no homework assignments and no examinations.The course includes excursions to restaurants and other outings to fully immerse students into French culture. Students may change to Beginning French, if necessary, on or before July 3, 2015, which is also the last date to withdraw from the language class and receive a refund of the $460 fee.

Students are strongly discouraged from registering for more than five credits, although it is possible to take six credits with permission of the Program.

Also, please note that the French classes are open to non-students, if they are accompanying an enrolled student. Arrangements may be made to enroll non-students in the French classes either as a part of a student’s initial application process, or at the time the program begins in Paris.

Back to Top