Course Descriptions

Rule of Law & Jurisprudence (Daniel Barnhizer):
This course discusses Rule of Law concepts and surveys various views of law and the legal process. It also examines the judicial decision-making process and the social, political and moral contexts that influence and are influenced by judicial decisions.

Constitutional Law of the European Union (Izabela Krasnicka):
This course is dedicated to the main problems of the structure and law of the European Union. Students will be introduced to the evolution of the European Communities and European Union and the present shape of the organization. Issues concerning the division of competences between the Union and member states will be presented in comparison to the federal structure of the United States. The course will also explain the specificity of the supranational character of the EU law, including the sources of law, the principles governing the legal order and the implementation of the EU law in the member states. In addition, the judicial institutions will be presented, with special emphasis on the Court of Justice of the European Union and its role in the interpretation of the EU law.

Comparative Free Expression (Kevin Saunders):
Topics in this course will involve issues in free expression, such as hate speech, trial publicity, the treatment of sexual images, children and media,etc., in different countries.

International Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution (Chuck Szymanski):
This is a new course offering for the 2013 session. The course will undertake an intensive practical study of alternative dispute resolution from an international and comparative perspective. Most importantly, this course will provide American and European students with the opportunity to engage in practice of ADR techniques with and against their cross-cultural peers and colleagues.

Political systems and Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe–PENDING APPROVAL (Elzbieta Kuzelewska)

The course will focus on the political systems and human rights in selected countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Hungary. The choice of those countries was dictated by the specific features of political systems far from democracy. All selected states are quite well experienced in violations or failure to respect for human rights. However, all chosen countries are members of the United Nations and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; all except from Belarus are the members of the Council for Europe. Hungary is the member of the European Union.

Political and economic relations between Russia and Ukraine and Belarus will be analyzed, as well as Russia’s position as a hegemon in Eastern part of Europe. Amendments to the Hungarian Constitution caused concern to the EU.  Students will be introduced to the specifics of the political systems of chosen states. Selected comparative issues concerning human rights and their protection will be also presented.

* Course offerings may change. In particular, the program will be adding an additional course in late 2013. Course offerings will be final as of February 1, 2014.