Courses and Faculty

Students may enroll in up to six credits. All courses are taught in English.

2020 Course Offerings:

First Term

1. Introduction to the Laws of Europe (Required Orientation Lectures) (Prof. Lasser)

2. Comparative Legal Studies (Prof. Lasser) (1 Credit)

3. Comparative EU and American Administrative Law (Prof. Stiglitz) (1 Credit)

4. International Intellectual Property (Prof. Liivak) (1 Credit)

5. International Trade and Development (Prof. Thomas) (1 Credit)

Second Term

1. Global Constitutionalism: Lessons from the American Model (Prof. Marmor) (1 Credit)

2. International Litigation (Prof. Gardner) (1 Credit)

3. Global Financial Markets (Prof. Omarova) (1 Credit)

4. International Human Rights in Theory and Practice (Prof. Anker) (1 Credit)

    (For detailed course descriptions, click on the course or see below)

French Courses:

Beginning French and Intermediate French

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit:

Attorneys enrolled in the program may earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits while attending courses at the program (regardless of whether you audit them or take them for credit).  You will need to confirm precise requirements with your state bar association, but you are eligible to earn 1 CLE credit for each class-hour you attend.  In order to qualify, you must be officially registered and complete the required terms of the registration.  Class attendance is mandatory and will be documented so that you have evidence to satisfy your state bar requirements.

Course Credit Hour Information:

Each course is taught for 90-minutes over seven days (630 min) and students must also participate in 420 minutes of mandatory of mandatory introductory lectures and 120 minutes of mandatory court visits which include a presentation at each court.

All courses qualify for credit toward the J.D. degree at Cornell and are recognized by other J.D. programs in the U.S.

Non-Cornell J.D. students should consult their Dean of Students or Registrar to determine the amount of course credit allowed and students interested in acceleration should consult their home schools to review this issue.

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Introduction to the Laws of Europe (Required Orientation Lectures)

Cornell Professor: Mitchel 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 Legal Studies (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Mitchel 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.

Professor Jed Stiglitz

Comparative EU and American Administrative Law (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Jed Stiglitz

Those favoring Brexit often used the specter of the "unelected bureaucrats" in Brussels to rally support for their cause. The bureaucracy has many critics in the United States, too. Have we in fact resigned to being governed by faceless bureaucrats? If not, how do we reconcile our democratic commitments to the power bureaucrats evidently hold? Administrative law --- the law that governs how bureaucracies interpret their authorities and issue rules and orders --- contains our responses to these questions. This course will introduce students to the comparative study of EU and American administrative law. We will examine how the two systems approach common questions involving transparency, accountability, public participation, interest group capture, and judicial review.

Professor Oskar Liivak

International Intellectual Property (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Oskar Liivak

This course will provide an overview of the main bodies of intellectual property (IP) 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 the TRIPs agreement which governs international IP harmonization among its signatories and it then explores some current controversies in intellectual property law.

Professor Chantal Thomas

International Trade and Development Law (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Chantal Thomas

The course focuses on the intersection of two key objectives of the international order and international economic law: (1) the promotion of rules for the stabilization and liberalization of international trade; and (2) the encouragement of economic growth and development in poor countries. The course will focus on the central multilateral trade organization, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), as well as regional and bilateral trading systems. The themes of the course will be explored through a high-profile recent case studies and current controversies.

Professor Andrei Marmor

Global Constitutionalism: Lessons from the American Model (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Andrei Marmor

The American model of constitutionalism has had a tremendous influence on shaping constitutional regimes all around the world. It is also one of the most robust and rigid constitutional regimes in existence. This course will engage students with both a critical and a comparative discussion of constitutionalism, highlighting some of the main moral and political problems that exist in the US constitutional model, examine some alternative constitutional regimes that have tried to solve these problems, and see how various alternatives fare. The discussion will be informed by a theoretical understanding the rationale of constitutionalism and a critical analysis of constitutional judicial review.


International litigation (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Maggie Gardner

This course will introduce students to the challenges raised by transnational disputes litigated in domestic courts. When parties to a dispute reside in different countries, their disputes may implicate multiple legal systems and the laws of multiple countries. This course will study how (and how well) judges navigate that complexity. The focus will be on U.S. courts, with comparisons to European courts and arbitration; the difference between common law and civil law jurisdictions will be a recurrent theme. Topics will include parallel litigation, forum non conveniens, forum selection clauses, choice of law, judicial assistance treaties, the enforcement of judgments, and the growing competition among domestic authorities to draw transnational disputes. Who should decide which state should hear which dispute? Are these difficulties best resolved by domestic law attuned to foreign relations, or by international treaties? By the end of the course, students will understand recurring jurisdictional problems; appreciate the toolbox of devices available to national judges to manage transnational cases, as well as the trade-offs between them; be familiar with major international treaties; and be conversant in significant current developments in the field.

Cornell Law School Professor Omarova

Global Financial Markets (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Saule 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 banks, securities firms, insurance companies, hedge funds, and other types of financial institutions; the underlying dynamics in global capital and money markets; the role of central banks in ensuring global financial stability; the causes and consequences of financial crises; and the key legal and regulatory implications of the emerging fintech sector.


INternational human rights in theory and practice (1 Credit)

Cornell Professor: Elizabeth Anker

When and how did human rights become the “lingua franca” of global moral thought? This course examines both historical debates about human rights and the international institutions that create and enforce human rights standards. Our readings will include influential cases concerning economic rights, transitional justice, women’s rights and multiculturalism, religious freedom, immigration, and humanitarian or peace-keeping campaigns.


Beginning and 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.

The Intermediate French 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 the course add/drop date, which is also the last date to withdraw from the language class and receive a refund of the class fee.

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.

Payment for French courses will be made to Chantal Casanova directly, at the first day of orientation.