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International Environmental Law & Law of Climate Change

Paolo Galizzi, Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Program Director
Director of the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School

This course offers an examination of the structure and key concepts of international environmental law, with a focus on one of the most pressing and complex environmental problems of our age: climate change.  The course will begin with an overview of the key international legal principles and rules dealing with the protection of the environment. Students will examine the historical evolution of international environmental law and the role that international institutions play. Following the initial introductory lectures, students will study selected treaty regimes to provide specific examples of international environmental regulation - 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 examine the fundamental nature of the climate change problem, as well as the international treaties that create a legal framework for climate change, paying special attention to emissions trading and other mechanisms adopted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, the course will consider the challenges posed by other international regimes, and the key issues of compliance, enforcement, and global equity, to the creation of an effective solution.

Intellectual Property

Ann Bartow, Professor of Law, Pace Law School

Electronics and software are central components of the real world and of the legal world. This course will explore the implications of intellectual property law, primarily patent law and copyright law, for electronics and computer software, with an effort to connect the legal rules to their real-world effects. The course will begin with a short, accessible introduction to the technologies, with the goal of providing students with sufficient familiarity to understand and appreciate the legal issues. The course will then move on to the two substantive legal areas. In patent law, the course will cover both basic doctrinal issues—including patentability (particularly of software), infringement, and exhaustion—and several current problems—such as standard-setting, the cellphone patent wars, and patent trolls. In copyright, the course will again cover both doctrine—such as copyrightability (of the structure of computer programs, for example) and fair use—and current issues—such as open-source licensing, Google Books, and linking. The primary focus will be on U.S. law, where these issues have been explored most fully, but there will also be references to Western Europe and East Asian jurisdictions.

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.