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Vanderbilt in Venice Summer 2022 Courses

Course I

Comparative Perspectives on Counterterrorism offers a comparative analysis of the national approaches of the United States, Israel, the European Union and other states, focusing on legal norms and 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 international courts and commissions and other sources, and engage in scenario-driven exercises that also involve human rights and humanitarian law and comparative statutory study.

Taught by Michael A. Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law; Director, International Law Practice Lab.

Course II

International Arbitration introduces students to public and private international law rules from an arbitral perspective, with special emphasis on international economic law. This course examines the sources of international law and addresses related bodies of rules involving multiple legal and political systems, such as the Unidroit Principles for international commercial contracts, with a focus on doctrines, institutions and applications from historical, political and jurisprudential perspectives. Topics include the European Community Law experience, The Hague Peace System for intergovernmental dispute settlement and the International Court of Justice, the World Trade Organization and economic disputes, mixed arbitration, and transnational commercial arbitration.

Taught by Timothy Meyer, Professor of Law; Director, International Legal Studies Program. (Course qualifies for experiential learning credit.)

Course III

Transnational Litigation provides an introduction to the procedural issues that arise in the legal resolution of disputes in international transactions. Transnational litigation in U.S. courts is the primary focus, but there will be some discussion of transnational litigation in the courts of other countries, especially those in the European Union.  Topics covered include jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, service of process abroad, taking evidence abroad, parallel litigation, applicable laws and treaties, comparison of trial procedures, enforcement of foreign judgments and use of arbitration.

Taught by Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law; Associate Dean for Research; Director, Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program.