Introduction to International Business Law (2 credit hours)

Professor Eleanor Myers

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.

Introduction to European Union Law (2 credit hours)

Professor Louis Natali

Italy is a member of the European Union, making it an excellent place to study European law. This course surveys the institutions of the European Union, the EU mechanisms for establishing law and adjudicating disputes, and the main bodies of EU law and leading cases. The focus of this course will be on issues of jurisdiction, harmonization and enforcement of the laws of the various European member states.

Global Legal Perspectives (1 credit hour)

Professors Eleanor Myers and Louis Natali

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.

Introduction to International Business Law and Introduction to European Union Law are each worth 2 credits. Global Legal Perspectives is a mandatory course and is worth 1 credit. Students may enroll in up to 5 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. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the Program is subject to determination by the student’s home school.