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Vanderbilt in Venice Summer 2016 Courses

Session I

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 Newton, Professor of the Practice Law, Vanderbilt Law School

Comparative Class Actions (2 credit hours)

The conventional wisdom is that much of the rest of the world looks at American procedures to resolve aggregate litigation with disdain.  Yet, many other nations have now adopted or are considering the adoption of class action devices, and some nations have arguably surpassed America in the encouragement of litigation through other devices altogether.  This class will examine these developments, and explore how and why they differ from the approaches adopted in America.  This examination will include an inquiry into the different legal and philosophical norms that exist abroad, including differing attitudes toward the role of government and the law and economics movement.

Taught by Brian Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School 

Session II

Comparative Corporate Governance (2 credit hours)

This course will provide a general overview of the field of comparative corporate governance, including the United States and several other countries with a focus on the basic economic principles and theories that have been developed. Specific topics will include the theory of the firm, limited liability, share dispersion, agency costs, internal governance structures, executive compensation, shareholder activism, shareholder litigation, the market for corporate control and shareholder voting.

Taught by Amanda Rose, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

European Union Law (2 credit hours)

The European Union is the most ambitious legal, economic, and political integration among nations in the post-World War II era. This course provides a general introduction to the legal system and scope of economic regulation of the European Union. After an introduction to the EU’s institutions, lawmaking processes, and integrated system of legal remedies, we will study the substantive pillars of market integration, from protections on the free movement of goods, services and capital to the Union’s current broad competences to regulate markets. The coverage will introduce students to the aspects of EU lawmaking that have greatest impact on US business and government interests.

Taught by Kevin Stack, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School