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.

Central Banking and Monetary Law in Comparative Perspective (6149)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: R. Hockett

Narrative version to come tomorrow. Regimes to be covered include: a. the US monetary regime prior to, then after formation of the Federal Reserve System;b. European monetary arrangements during the fifty years prior to, and since, instituting of the EMU ('euro') regime;c. one 'dollarized' regime, likely in South America;d. one proposed 'currency board' regime, probably in East Asia;and e. the IMF regime, particularly in comparison with JM Keynes' original, far more ambitious 'International Clearing Union' plan for what ultimately became the IMF, pursuant to which the Fund would have constituted a sort of 'global Fed.'

Litigation in a Global Context: Selected Issues (6095)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: Z. Clopton

This course will introduce students to the issues that arise in private transnational litigation. We will consider the various procedural issues that arise when courts are presented with foreign parties, foreign conduct, foreign evidence, and foreign states, and the various international and domestic legal sources that govern these ever-increasing complexities in civil litigation. Topics will include judicial jurisdiction, forum selection, enforcement of foreign judgments, and litigation involving foreign states.

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, it will provide a broad overview of the institutional and conceptual organization of "civil law" and other legal systems, comparing them to their "common law" equivalents in the United States.  Substantively, the course will focus on different approaches to private law and procedure, criminal procedure, administrative law and constitutional law. Methodologically, the course will teach the primary approaches for engaging in comparative legal analysis, so that students will be in a position to practice, evaluate and critique them effectively."

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.

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case studies in International Human Rights (6148)(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: G. Torres

This course will examine the international and domestic laws and institutions that identify and protect the fundamental rights of all human beings. The case studies that form the core of this course will be used to investigate the principal mechanisms and strategies for holding governments accountable for violating those rights. This investigation necessarily includes a study of the interlaced mechanisms for monitoring government conduct and redressing violations of human rights. We will make an assessment of the effectiveness of such oversight and action-inducing mechanisms.

International Labor Law and Policy (6560)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: A. Cornell

This course will examine international labor law principles that apply to multinationals and states in this globalized and interrelated world economy. Readings and discussions will focus on the intersection of labor law, business and human rights, and international trade law. We will look at international mechanisms in the public and private sphere that have been utilized to advance fundamental labor rights and to hold multinationals accountable for egregious violations. More specifically we will cover labor provisions in international human rights law and trade agreements, ILO jurisprudence, OECD procedures, the Alien Tort Claims Act and private agreements. To supplement our review of authority, we will look at specific cases and hear from at least two speakers who have utilized these mechanisms to advance fundamental workplace rights in both developed and developing countries. The material will also include an exploration of international norms pertaining to migrant workers, child labor and supply chain issues

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

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 an overview of the main issues in the operation and regulation of internationally active banking institutions, securities firms, insurance companies, hedge funds, and other types of financial intermediaries;the underlying dynamics in global capital and money markets;the role of central banks in ensuring global financial stability;the causes and consequences of the recent global financial crisis;and post-crisis efforts to build a more robust system for cross-border systemic risk oversight.

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.

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