International Conflict Resolution
(John Feerick, Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, and Kathleen M. Scanlon, Fordham Law; Dominic Bryan and Kieran McEvoy, QUB; G. Brian Hutchinson, UCD)
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.
International Human Rights
(Michael W. Martin, Fordham Law; Gordon Anthony and Colin Harvey, QUB; Suzanne Egan, UCD)
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.
National and Doctrinal Boundaries of Intellectual Property
(Mark Patterson, Fordham Law; Philip Leith, QUB; Phillip Johnson, UCD)
This course will provide a brief introduction to intellectual property law and consider how the United States and Europe have taken different paths in determining the limits of intellectual property protection. The course will first present the several forms of intellectual property (IP): patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, database rights, etc. Then it will describe how those rights differ in the United States and EU. For example, the EU is more limited in granting patents on software, and the United States does not provide protection for databases. The course will aim to focus particularly on topical issues, like whether providing an Internet hyperlink to a web page infringes the copyright on that page (currently before the Court of Justice of the European Union) and whether owners of MP3 files have the right to sell them to others (currently being litigated in the U.S., by a Fordham alumna). Students will lead the discussion in most of the classes.
International Criminal Law
(Michael W. Martin, Fordham Law; Kieran McEvoy, QUB; tbd, UCD)
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.
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