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.
Cornell Professors: J. Hanks
This course examines fundamental issues of corporation law and governance in the United States, the European Union and selected countries in Europe and around the world. In the first part, it considers corporate governance structures, including the roles of equity investors, creditors, employees, and other stakeholders, legal capital rules, corporate domicile, and managerial duties and standards of conduct. The second part of the course takes lessons from the first part, applying and building on them in the context of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornell Professor: O. Liivak
This course will provide an overview of the main bodies of intellectual property law with an emphasis on differences among various countries. Intellectual property can be a critically important asset to protecting and enabling a business while it can just as easily be an insurmountable liability for others. Leveraging the benefits while avoiding the pitfalls requires an understanding of the structure of each area of law. This course will give an overview of that landscape by exploring some current controversies in intellectual property with an emphasis on differing approaches among various legal systems.
trial by jury: a global perspective (6188)(one-credit)
French Instructor: V. Hans
Around the world, the legal systems of many countries use ordinary citizens to decide important legal questions. Some use juries that deliberate independently to arrive at their verdicts, while others employ mixed courts where professional judges and lay citizens work together to determine the legal outcomes. In recent years new jury systems have sprung up in Asia and Latin America as part of democratizing movements in these regions. The use of citizen decision makers offers an important symbol of democracy and a compelling image of justice in countless movies and novels. But how well does it work in practice? Are ordinary people capable factfinders in the increasingly complex criminal and civil trials that confront them?
This course takes a comparative perspective to address these questions. We'll examine the different approaches that countries around the globe take to citizens' participation as legal decision makers. We'll compare the laws that provide for public participation, the political debates that surrounded their passage, and the implementation of the laws. We'll try to discover why some countries have weak forms and others strong forms of public participation in legal decision making.
We'll also look at the impact and functioning of juries and other forms of lay participation. We'll explore how inclusion of citizen decision makers dramatically alters trial procedures, from changes in the laws of evidence to shifts in the rhetoric of lawyers. Drawing on research by legal scholars, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists, we'll examine how lay citizens decide cases and the extent to which their decisions differ from those of professional judges. (The results may surprise you!) By the course's end, you'll be able to judge for yourself whether citizen participation in legal decision making is an effective vehicle for democracy or an empty symbol.
comparative Free speech and religion (6061)(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: S. Shiffrin
This course engages in a comparative examination of the different understandings of freedom of speech, press and religion entertained in the United States, Canada and Europe.
French Instructor: C. Bédard-Claret
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 1, 2011, which is also the last date to withdraw from the language class and receive a refund of the $450 fee.
French Instructor: C. Casanova
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 1, 2011, which is also the last date to withdraw from the language class and receive a refund of the $450 fee.
Students may take a total of only two credits per class period. No one may register for more than a total of 6 credits (due to the work load, we do not recommend taking six credits; only a small percentage of students in the past have done so).
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.