Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 613
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. A study of the principles of insurable interest, indemnity, subrogation; interests of third parties, beneficiaries, and assignees; the insuring agreement, exclusions, and conditions; warranties, representations, and concealment; making and terminating the insurance contract; waiver, estoppel, and election by the insurer; agents and brokers; the adjustment of claims; practical exercises in reading and interpreting policy language.

  • LAW 758
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent, and Trademark Law (LAW 658). This course explores emerging issues in the area of intellectual property that result from, as well as in, social and political changes Selected topics, including the economic basis for selected areas of IP, the role of Congress, the courts and private parties in the evolution of IP, federal preemption of state laws, constitutional limits, and the role of international law, will help illustrate changes driven by, and sometimes resulting in, new technology and globalization. Students will be called upon to consider solutions to problems that have arisen as a result of new technologies and to discuss various policy initiatives being pursued by Congress, the international community, and trade associations to address such problems. Students will be required to complete and defend a modest paper on a subject selected from the topics to be covered by the class. Grading will be based equal upon the quality of each student’s paper, its presentation, and class discussion and criticism of others’ papers. The course will generally not satisfy the upper level writing requirement but the professor may approve it as such on a case by case basis.

  • LAW 650
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law (LAW 658). This course is an advanced study of so-called “intellectual property,” at the international level. It starts with a survey of issues that are quite important at the international level but which are not always addressed in introductory or survey-level so-called IP courses. The course then reviews the basic theories and problems of so-called intellectual property, such as the continuing debate between utilitarian and natural law justifications for these regimes. From there, the course proceeds to the various international agreements which address these issues and which, consequentially, derive explicitly or implicitly from the justificatory theories. These agreements include the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention, the EEC Treaty, the Universal Copyright Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the EC Harmonization Directive, NAFTA, TRIPS, the Madrid (Trademark) Protocol, and the Trademark Registration Treaty. The rest of the course is devoted to examining the most significant portions of those international agreements as well as a study of their economic bases and consequences. Finally, the course will examine how these arrangements affect the present and future distribution of resources between the developed and undeveloped countries in light of the justificatory theories.

  • LAW 688
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC* This course provides students with a broad overview of the various legal issues that arise in the context of international business transactions. The course begins with an introduction to the basic nature of international law. Classes are then dedicated to international arbitration, the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws and regulations, anti-bribery laws, export controls, payment methods, and issues in commercial law. The class then turns its focus to specific types of transactions, including direct sales, sales agents, distributorships, licensing of intellectual property, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions of existing foreign firms. Finally, the course examines some basic issues in international trade in the context of the WTO and NAFTA.

  • LAW 553
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course focuses on the force of international law today, particularly as applied by international tribunals and the courts of the United States and other nations; law of the sea, jurisdiction recognition, breach of U.S. antitrust laws, international agreements, expropriation and compensation. Satisfies the perspective elective requirement.

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