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Course Descriptions- Spetses Summer 2019

 

Comparative Incarceration (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Andrea Armstrong
Class Dates: June 17 – June 28, 2019 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 29, 2019

This course will examine the contours of incarceration globally, including the differential rates of incarceration, disproportionate impacts, and the law that shapes these institutions. Students will contrast and compare U.S. Eighth Amendment doctrine governing conditions in prisons with international human rights treaties, as well as constitutional law/jurisprudence from the European Union (including Scandinavia
exceptionalism), South Africa, and India. This class builds on my forthcoming comparative article on prison conditions for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Comparative Multi-Party Litigation (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Mary Garvey Algero
Class Dates: June 17 – June 28, 2019 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 29, 2019

This course will explore and compare how various legal systems around the world handle or prohibit multi-party litigation, from class and multi-district litigation in the United States to collective or group actions in other countries.  In addition to the laws of various countries, the course will consider the policies behind the laws and will consider not only catastrophic accident cases involving many victims, but also consumer-based and negative value cases for which collective actions may be the only way the actions are ever brought and heard.  We will consider how such lawsuits are funded (e.g., contingent fees, special interest groups, loser pays), where they tend to be brought, ethics issues raised, and how lawyers are compensated, among other things.

Art & Cultural Property Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Anastasia Grammaticaki Alexiou
Class Dates: June 17 – June 28, 2019 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Art and Cultural Property Law aims to equip students with a sound working knowledge and understanding of key legal issues required in order to operate successfully in the arts market. It will cover the problem of licit and illicit art trade as well as the basic framework for the international protection of cultural property. More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of artists and professional managers in relation to artwork transactions, the protection of artists’ rights, the role of collectors, international art auctions of cultural objects, theft and looting of art objects, bona fide acquisition of stolen art, repatriation/ restitution and return of stolen or looted art will be basically the topics to be discussed.

Comparative Business Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Lloyd "Trey" Drury, III
Class Dates: June 17 – June 28, 2019 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 29, 2019

The course investigates how different jurisdictions organize business entities that provide investors with the core corporate characteristics: legal personality, limited liability, transferability of shares, delegated management, and investor ownership. We will focus on major industrialized economies: US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, and Greece.

Comparative Reproductive Bioethics and the Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: The Honorable Ellen S. Kovach
Class Dates: June 17 – June 28, 2019 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 11:40 AM – 12:50 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Comparative Reproductive Bioethics and the Law provides an overview of the law and bioethical issues associated with beginning of life (assisted reproductive technologies) and end of life. Combining aspects of tort, constitutional, administrative and criminal law, the course begins with a philosophical examination of ethical theories followed by an examination of legal issues arising from assisted reproduction and termination of life.