Schedule of courses


Introduction to American Law
Igor Solodovnik
October 24-25

The course provides  international students with an overview of American legal system and gives a description of distinguish American legal institutions. Students' attention will be focused on U.S. governmental structure:
  • U.S. legislative and judicial systems;
  • U.S. sources of law and its hierarchy;
  • Specifics of the American legal way of thinking;
  • Introduction to the main legal terminology.
Students will take part in discussion on court jurisdiction, role of jury, legal professionals in the U.S., legal education in the U.S, etc.


Corporate Responsibility
Goeff Mazullo
November 21-22

This course about corporate governance analyzes from a variety of perspectives the three fundamental elements of corporate governance:  compliance, disclosure and common practice.

During the three day course, the following topics are covered:  corporate governance models (including the Anglo-US, German, Korean, Japanese and Polish models); disclosure regimes; the legal and self-regulatory framework for corporate governance; monitoring of corporate performance by institutional investors; the rights and responsibilities of corporate organs, including the annual general meeting of shareholders, the board and management; shareholders’ rights; and the use of governance information by shareholders and stakeholders.

Students are exposed to financial, legal and practical aspects of corporate governance in several jurisdictions by analyzing and discussing a number of case studies about real companies (in France, India, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the United States).  Students read the case studies and then analyze them individually and in small teams.  The case studies are discussed interactively, with individual students and teams presenting their views.   Each of the case studies was authored or co-authored by the course instructor, Geoffrey Mazullo, Principal, Emerging Markets ESG and Adjunct Professor, School of American Law (SAL). 

In addition, students learn how corporate governance models develop due to country-specific conditions and factors (including culture, geography and history) and compare and contrast the shareholder model with the stakeholder model of corporate governance.


International Criminal Law
Bartram Brown
December 5-6

This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts, problems and processes of international criminal law. It will first focus upon the historical development of international criminal law, which has related primarily to prosecutions for piracy, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The nature and functioning of today’s international criminal courts and tribunals will be a key focus. The latter part of the course will address international progress towards the agreed definition and coordinated prosecution, at national and international levels, of international economic crimes such as bribery and official corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. A key theme throughout will be the essential role of national courts in enforcing international criminal law, and the question of how the rules determining the complementary jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court should be applied in practice.


Online Contracting and Related Issues
Richard Warner
December 12-13

This course covers contract law doctrine as it applies online. The course addresses a number of issues concerning the enforceability of online contracts, including offer and acceptance, consideration, updating, and unconscionability.


Comparative Advertising and Marketing Law
Igor Solodovnik
February

This course covers false advertising (definition, practice, remedies), copyright issues related to advertising, competitive restrictions, brand protection, privacy, and the complex of businesses that comprise what is known as the advertising ecosystem.


Legal Writing
Ed Harris
February


Intellectual Property Law Survey
Maurine Neiberg
March

This course presents a general overview of U.S. intellectual property law. It will begin with an analysis of the competing policies underlying the intellectual property laws. The course covers the basics of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets law, and will explore current controversies in intellectual property law, including patent protection for software and business methods and the role and difficulties of protecting trademarks on the Internet.


Antitrust
Agnieszka Cenzartowicz
March

This course is to present Antitrust law in US in comparison with EU competition law frame provisions. Legal aspects in dealing with monopolies, horizontal and vertical restraints on trade, mergers and sector regulation are to be discussed.


E-Commerce and IP
Richard Warner
April
 
Virtually every business has some web presence. This course covers the issues that arise for online businesses, including trespass, unauthorized access, class actions and privacy harms, intermediary liability, and issues concerning malware.


International Business Transactions
Tom Hill
May

Students will develop at least a basic familiarity with specific legal problems and legal structures for doing international business transactions, including introduction to the most common legal issues (such as shipment, payment, letters of credit, cross-border sale/purchase contracts, regulatory constraints, export-import laws, currency and banking issues, etc.); drafting of cross-border contracts; international economic law; international joint ventures; dispute resolution; jurisdictional analysis; comparative law; and international taxation.