International and Comparative Perspectives on Firearms Regulation and Armed Self-Defense

Nicholas Johnson, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

This course will examine the regulation of civilian possession of firearms and armed self-defense through comparative assessments of gun regulation and rights in the United States, Asia, Africa, the United Kingdom, South America, and Europe, as well as international initiatives to regulate firearms by cooperation and treaty. The course will explore the history and evolution of the right to keep and bear arms up to present day laws governing possession and use of private firearms. The course will also develop critical perspectives on the legal, political, and sociological debates over gun rights, incorporating perse perspectives on race, gender, class, and culture.

International Human Rights Law and Policy

Paolo Galizzi, Faculty Director & Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of international human rights law, as well as a critical perspective on the role it has played in recent decades in discourse on international law. Topics include the debate over the definition of human rights (and whether rights are universal or culturally relative), the basic legal mechanisms for enforcing human rights, and the practical political realities of promoting human rights. The course will also develop critical perspectives on the relationship between human rights ideology and enlightenment values and on whether human rights is a function of international media or international law.

Intellectual Property and Technology in a Global Context

Ann Bartow, Professor of Law, Pace Law School

This course will provide students with an immersive introduction to U.S. Patent Law, Copyright Law and Trademark Law, and explore legal issues that arise out of the creation, innovation, distribution, and consumption of intellectual property driven goods and services in the United States and worldwide. In addition to the basics of Intellectual Property laws and policies, students will learn how and why U.S. patent law has become increasing harmonized with the patent laws of other nations, and how trade negotiations and trade policies impact the enforcement of multinational copyright and trademark treaties.

Introduction to Korean Language and Culture (optional non-credit)

Leighanne Yuh, Executive Director, B.A. Wellesley, A.M. Columbia, Ph.D. in Korean History at UCLA

These classes are designed for students who have taken no Korean at all or who have taken less than one semester in college. There are homework assignments but no examinations. The course includes excursions to restaurants and other outings to fully immerse students into Korean culture.