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Vanderbilt in Venice Summer 2013 Courses

The Protection of Human Rights in Europe (2 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Europe, with a particular emphasis on the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR or Court). The Convention and the Court have established the most effective regional human rights system in the world, which has also contributed significantly to the integration of Europe. This course will address the history and case-law of the ECHR, including important cases on free speech, information privacy, administrative and pre-trial detention, the duty of governments to protect individuals from harm, and the extraterritorial application of the Convention. It will also consider broader themes, such as the effect of the Court's decisions within Europe, proposals to reform the Court, and the nature of international adjudication.
Taught by Ingrid Wuerth, Professor of Law

Comparative Perspectives on Counterterrorism (2 credit hours)

This course offers a comparative analysis of the national approaches of, inter alia, the United States, Israel, the European Union, and other states. This multidisciplinary course focuses on the dual interlocking axes of legal norms [flowing from international as well as national perspective] and the accompanying political and operational imperatives. Counterterrorism is a global cooperative phenomenon, and the study of its practice entails the use of case-law, legislation, international law, and national policy directives and operational decisions. Students will be exposed to case-law from a number of jurisdictions, to include international courts and commissions, reaching occasionally contradictory results. Counterterrorism also entails discussion of human rights law, humanitarian law, and comparative statutory study. The course will also entail extended use of scenario driven exercises.
Taught by Michael A. Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law

European Union Law (2 credits hours)

The European Union is the most ambitious legal, political, and economic integration among nations in the post-World War II era. This course provides a general introduction to the legal system of the European Union and to selected aspects of substantive EU law. We will examine the EU's lawmaking and administrative processes, the relationship between EU law and the member states' laws, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and the EU's system of legal remedies. In addition, we will study aspects of substantive EU law that are central to EU market integration, including protections for the free movement of goods, persons, services, and capital.
Taught by Kevin Stack, Professor of Law

International Law: The International Arbitral Process (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to acquaint students in the understanding of both public and private international law rules from an arbitral perspective. Special emphasis will be made on international economic law. Inquiry is made into the sources of international law and will include related bodies of rules involving more than one legal and political system. Hence, particular reference will be made to new sources of global law such as the Unidroit Principles for international commercial contracts and lex mercatoria. We will focus on the understanding of doctrines, institutions and applications using historical, political and jurisprudential perspectives. The topics employed to explore these themes include:

  • Sources of international law
  • The European Community Law experience
  • The Hague Peace system for intergovernmental dispute settlement and ICJ
  • WTO and economic disputes
  • Mixed arbitration: State contracts; ICSID, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and UNCC
  • Transnational commercial arbitration

Taught by faculty TBA