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Legal Research: International and Foreign

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2017-2018

Limit: 25 students

Meets one hour per week, once a week.

This course explores strategies for conducting research in Foreign, Comparative and International Law, using both electronic and print resources. The course begins by examining the sources of international law, including treaties, cases from international courts and tribunals, documents from international organizations, and scholarly publications. We will also explore finding the law of foreign nations, gaining an understanding of civil legal systems, and learning “work-arounds” when the sources are not in English. Using a problem-based approach, the class will incorporate the following topics while reviewing the sources of international law: international environmental law, international litigation and dispute resolution, international trade and investment law, and international human rights. Grading will be based on weekly in-class or out-of-class exercises and a final assignment consisting of research problems. This class is a requirement for the international law certificate.

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

NOTE: This one-credit course meets for 2 hrs per week for the first seven weeks of the Fall semester.

Class size is limited to 25.

As a foundation class for global law practice, this course explores strategies for conducting research in Foreign, Comparative and International Law,using both electronic and print resources. The course begins by examining the sources of international law, including treaties, cases from international courts and tribunals, documents from international organizations, and scholarly publications. We will also explore finding the law of foreign nations, gaining an understanding of civil legal systems, and learning “work-arounds” when the sources are not in English. Using a problem-based approach, the class will incorporate the following topics while reviewing the sources of international law: international environmental law, international litigation and dispute resolution, international trade, and human rights.

Grading will be based on weekly in-class or out-of-class exercises and a final assignment consisting of research problems.