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Study Abroad

School of Law

Curriculum and Class Schedule

Course Dates

Classroom

Course Title

Instructor

Exam
Date

May 20 - June 9

TBC - tba

Introduction to Chinese Law

Leonhard & Zimmerman

May 30, June 9

May 20 - May 30

TBC - tba

Freedom of Information

Sullivan

May 30

May 26 - June 6

TBC - tba

International Art Law

Rhodes

June 6

 

A Comparative Look at Freedom of Information Laws and Policy (Sullivan)

[Access to Government Information: Historical and Comparative Perspectives]

No government, whatever its form, can function entirely in the round. The public interest will sometimes require that some information be withheld from the public for some period of time. But government secrecy always exists in tension with the first principle of representative democracy, that is, that the government shall be the servant of the people and ultimately subject to their direction. Moreover, government secrecy is subject to abuse; officials sometimes resort to secrecy, not out of concern for the public good, but for the purpose of covering up their own mistakes, ethical shortcomings, or criminal activities. In the period following the Second World War, the public’s right of access to government information came to be seen as an important feature of representative government and was entrenched in various international documents and new national constitutions. Over time, the people’s right of access to government information was increasingly recognized and formally codified in the law of many countries, as either constitutionally or through ordinary statute law. At a practical level, however, the tension between the people’s right to know and the government’s need for secrecy persists; it is not a problem that has been solved. This course will provide students with an introduction to the problem of access to government information by reviewing the historical background of its development following the Second World War and by examining the state of the law in a number of common law jurisdictions such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland.

International Art Law (Rhodes)

This course will explore the international legal aspects involved in the art industry.  For this one credit course, the materials will focus on the acquisition and ownership of art that crosses borders.  Specific questions will include commissioning works of art, acquiring works of art privately through foreign dealers or galleries, or by way of auction, and the questions of competing title that arise over works of art or cultural property proceeding from war or peace time looting.

Introduction to Chinese Law and Legal System (Leonhard & Zimmerman)

This course aims to provide students with an overview of the modern Chinese legal and political systems.  As an economy and society in transition, China has undergone tremendous changes and is facing many challenges while it seeks to transition into a China style market economy.  Our class discussion will focus on the issues that China is trying to address and the pitfalls of which international legal practitioners should be aware when representing clients doing business in China or with Chinese companies. The course consists of two components (with a little Chinese culture, language and survival tips sprinkled in as appropriate): 1. an overview of the historical foundations of Chinese law and the present legal system and political institutions in China; and 2. a brief introduction of China's General Principles of Civil Law.

 

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