Global Legal Perspectives – 1 credit hour (mandatory course)

The Global Legal Perspectives 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 European Union Law – 2 credit hours

Prof. Prof. 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.

Comparative Social Justice – 2 credit hours

Prof. Kathryn Stanchi

This course will explore international approaches to select social justice issues. The course defines social justice broadly as the process of remedying oppression by understanding social inequality. We will look at both the law’s role in perpetuating social inequality and its great potential to realize social justice. The reading focuses on how the courts of the U.S. and other countries decide cases that raise issues related to socially marginalized populations, with particular focus on gender, race, socio-economic status and sexual orientation. We will also read several “shadow” opinions written by legal scholars that show how the cases could have been decided using existing law, but with a view toward enhancing social justice. The readings cover a wide range of doctrinal issues, including reproductive justice, education, marriage and family, voting and other civil rights issues. However, you need not have any background in the law of these areas to understand the issues.