Cornell Law in Paris, June 16 to July 13, 2018


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.

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.

Corporate Governance (6244)

(1 credit)
Cornell Professor: C. 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.  Time permitting, the course may also address how changes in capital structure can affect corporate governance and also contrast the US approach to corporate governance to approaches taken in other countries.  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.

European Union Law (6393) (1 credit)
Paris I Professor: S. Robin-Olivier

This  course takes the study of European Union law as a ground for fertile comparative analysis with the US system. Such notions as federalism, constitution, citizenship and many others will be revisited through the singular perspective offered by European law. In addition to this “jurisprudential” approach, European Union law will also be considered through its useful aspects for those willing to develop international activities. In spheres as diverse as business, human rights or environment, there are high chances for lawyers to be exposed to European law and institutions. For those reasons, the course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the EU legal system for both theory and practice.

International Trade and Development law (6049) (1 credits)
Cornell Professor: C. 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.

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Investment Arbitration Law (6574) (1 credit)
Paris I Professor: H. Ascensio

This course will address the procedural framework of Investor-State arbitration, and the applicable law (mostly investment treaties and general principles). The main themes of study will be: investment treaties (general and new generation of free-trade agreements), disputes settlement provisions, jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals, the problem of parallel proceedings, protection against expropriation, and international standards protecting foreign investors. Documents will be provided in advance, and discussed during class. The main purpose of the course is to understand the mechanisms of investment arbitration, the current debates in the field (for instance: the rights of investors v. the State's power to regulate; protection of investment v. environmental law), and the structure of legal argumentation.

Beginning and INTERMEDIATE (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.

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.

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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