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Summer in Rome | Course Descriptions

  • International Business Transactions, International Criminal Law, and Perspectives on Law Abroad are each worth 2 credits. Students may enroll in up to 6 credits. Maximum enrollment per course is limited to 35 J.D. students. For questions relating to program grading, please refer to Temple Law's grading policy found here. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the Program is subject to determination by the student's home school.

International Business Transactions (2 credit hours)        
Professor Alice Abreu
 

This course will introduce you to international business law primarily in a transactional setting.  This is a vast subject.  To represent clients that want to do business with persons from other countries, a practitioner needs to know something of how contract law works in other countries, and of the international law (such as it may be) that will govern international transactions.  In addition, one also needs to know about mechanisms businesses can use to deal with insecurity about delivery or payment.  This insecurity can haunt any contract between strangers but is endemic in transactions between strangers when business is conducted at great distances.  The lawyer also needs to know how to prospectively shape dispute resolution, should a dispute arise–how to limit where and how disputes are resolved and what law the decision maker will use to decide them.   This course will offer a broad survey of these and possibly other areas that confront business lawyers representing clients in international business transactions.

International Criminal Law (2 credit hours)
Professor James Shellenberger (Director)

This course introduces issues related to transnational law enforcement (international aspects of national criminal law), international standards of justice, and international criminal law (crimes under international law) as enforced through international criminal tribunals.  Following an overview of the historical and theoretical bases for international criminal law, the course examines extraterritorial jurisdiction (extraterritorial application of American domestic criminal law), extraterritorial application of United States constitutional criminal procedure rights, and the procedures for and practice of investigating transnational crime, obtaining evidence from abroad, and the extradition of criminal defendants.  The course then considers international crimes and international criminal tribunals, from Nuremberg, to the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rawanda, and the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Rome statute defining the crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide) over which the ICC has jurisdiction.

Perspectives on Law Abroad (2 credit hours)
Professors Abreu and Shellenberger

Perspectives on Law Abroad will provide students with an introduction - both in and out of the classroom- to international perspectives on law and legal practice. Topics will include an introduction to European Law, overview of the Italian legal profession, and international aspects of tax law. Students will be provided an opportunity to reflect on their personal perspectives on law, including their legal insights from the lived Roman experience. Students will also learn how to conduct themselves as professionals in visits to an Italian law firm and the Italian Bar Association. They will be expected to have business cards in English and Italian and will have opportunities to explore and share their learning and experiences with other legal professionals.