Cornell in Paris (short)


Introduction to the Laws of Europe

Cornell Professor: M. Lasser
These lectures examine the origins and development of the national legal systems of Europe. They also present the key features of the European Union and of 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: Charles Whitehead

This course examines issues of corporation law and governance in the United States.  It considers U.S. corporate governance structures, including the roles of equity investors, creditors, employees, and other stakeholders, as well as managerial duties and standards of conduct.  It then builds on those lessons in the context of corporate acquisitions and, time permitting, on how changes in capital structure can affect corporate governance.  A basic business organizations course is not a prerequisite to taking this course.

comparative legal studies (6177)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: M. Lasser

This course introduces students to the study of foreign legal systems. It will provide a broad overview of the institutional and conceptual organization of “civil law” legal systems, comparing them to their “common law” equivalents in the United States.  Substantively, the course will focus on the different approaches to private law and procedure, criminal procedure, administrative law and constitutional law that characterize most contemporary European civil law jurisdictions.  Methodologically, the course will teach the most important approaches for engaging in comparative legal analysis, so that students will be in a position to practice and critique them effectively.

Cornell Professor: S. Johnson

First this course will  survey the legal status, form,  and enforcement of the death penalty throughout the world, and examine the trend toward, and reasons for, abolition.  Then the course will consider the obstacles to the just operation of a death penalty in any nation, and judicial attempts to eliminate mistake and to cabin discretion, discrimination, and arbitrariness. The course will end with a discussion of execution practices and alternatives to the death penalty.

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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 Arbitration and Complex Litigation (6510)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: Z. Clopton

This course will introduce students to the resolution of transnational disputes through international arbitration or complex litigation. This course will include an introduction to the basics of international arbitration and its relationship to litigation and enforcement. In addition, this course will address transnational litigation involving multiple court systems or under the laws of multiple jurisdictions.

Beginning French(non-credit)
Claude Bedard
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 June26, 2017, which is also the last date to withdraw from the language class and receive a refund of the $460 fee.

Intermediate French (non-credit)
Chantal Casanova

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 1, 2016, 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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