2015 Regular Program
June 1–19, M–F, except June 12 and 17
Students choose 2 of 3 of the Regular Program classes, each being 2 credits, for a total of 4 credits.
International Human Rights
The course will explore the substance of international human rights law and the foundations of the body of law and its development. This includes studying the incorporation of international human rights law into regional and domestic legal systems. Current issues will be examined, such as the balance between rights and security concerns, the tension between sovereignty and public international law, and the question of jurisdiction over human rights violations. A portion of the course will focus on human rights law and practice in relation to the Northern Ireland conflict.
International Conflict Resolution
Over the last twenty-five years, there has been an extraordinary growth of interest in alternatives to the court adjudication of disputes at both the domestic and international level. This course surveys the wide variety of process choices in domestic and international dispute resolution and examines the legal, policy, ethical, and jurisprudential issues associated with these processes. The primary focus of study will be on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The course will be taught through case law, descriptive readings, simulation exercises, and discussion.
Introduction to Intellectual Property: A Global Perspective
An introduction how the United States and Europe have taken different paths in determining what deserves to be considered intellectual property worth protecting. This course will examine global issues in copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secret protection. The course will also address the conflict in enforcing IP across international borders based on the differences in grantable rights in various countries. The discussion will include the recent changes to U.S. patent law that bring it in line with Europe, a number of recent cases from the United States and Europe, as well as treaties (both signed and still being negotiated).
June 22–July 1
International Criminal Law
The course will explore the substance of International Criminal Law, as well as the interplay between International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, and Humanitarian Law. Other topics to be explored include the role of International Criminal Law in transitional justice (with a focus, at least in part, on Northern Ireland), the controversial doctrine of universal jurisdiction, and the concept of American “Exceptionalism,” particularly in light of the allegations of United States’ sanctioned torture. Special attention will be paid to the international tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, the Khmer Rouge Trial Task Force, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Fordham Law's academic rules and regulations will apply for awarding academic credit. Fordham uses an "A–F" grading system. Taking courses on a pass/fail basis is not permissible. Participants may audit courses although they will not receive academic credit.
Other law schools generally accept Fordham credits. Each law school must determine whether the credits earned in this program can be transferred. Students should make inquiries with respect to transferring credit before they apply to the program.