Comparative Constitutional Law and Rights

Joseph Landau, Assoc. Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

This course brings a comparative approach to questions at the core of constitutional decision-making.  Topics include separation of powers, judicial review, the distinction between legislative and executive authority, federalism, protections of civil liberties, as well as the positive or protective duties of the state. Students will reflect on comparisons between constitutional law in the United States and countries in Latin America and elsewhere. This interactive approach will provide a laboratory for understanding how comparative constitutional study can offer insights into the systems with which students are already familiar. Students will also gain an appreciation for those aspects of the U.S. constitutional system that have been considered for adoption by emerging constitutional nations. Finally, students will reflect on the legitimacy of U.S. lawmakers or judges referencing foreign constitutional law in the creation of U.S. law and decision-making. 

International Environmental Law and Law of Climate Change

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

This course examines the structure and key concepts of international environmental law, with a focus on climate change. We will begin with an overview of the key international legal principles and rules dealing with the protection of the environment, including the historical evolution of international environmental law and institutions. Next, we examine the international environment regimes and regulations surrounding selected environmental issues - such as the depletion of the ozone layer and the conservation of biological diversity - before turning to focus on the international response to climate change. We will go over the fundamental nature of the climate change problem, as well as the international legal response. Finally, we will consider the challenges posed by other international regimes, and the key issues of compliance, enforcement, and global equity.

International and Comparative Internet Law

Ann Bartow, Professor of Law & Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, U. New Hampshire

This course will address comparative and international Internet based legal issues pertaining to: Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Freedom of Speech, Cybersecurity, Online Commerce, Privacy Law, ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and related topics.  Students will learn the essentials of computer and network technologies, and how they have challenged settled legal understandings.  Broad jurisprudential themes include the ways that laws and legal regulations can change when enforced by computers rather than by people; the ways that the online nature of transactions can increase or decrease government control; and the extraordinary extralegal power that can be wielded by online intermediaries. The primary comparative focus will be between the US and other legal regimes, such as S. Korea, the European Union, and China. 

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

Leighanne Yuh, Executive Director & Assistant Professor, Korea University

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.