Summer Institute for Global Justice
Summer Institute for Global Justice
Summer Institute for Global Justice

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Session 1: June 3 - June 21
9:00 am - 10:50 am

Atrocity Law and Policy

Taught by Distinguished Visiting Jurist David Crane, former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Taught from a unique insider's perspective, and featuring guest lectures by Tribunal prosecutors and judges, this course examines the establishment of the international and hybrid criminal tribunals and significant jurisprudence that is emerging from them. Discussion will center on the composition of the courts, the nature of the crimes, the legal principles at issue, and the practical difficulties confronting international criminal justice, with particular attention paid to the negotiating histories of the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

11:00 am - 12:50 pm

International Criminal Law and Procedure

Taught by Professor Scharf
A good complement to "Atrocity Law and Policy," this course focuses on procedural aspects of international law enforcement, including the contours of the duty to prosecute international crimes; obtaining custody of defendants through extradition, luring, and abduction; international application of the exclusionary rule; limits on the right of self-representation before international tribunals; plea bargaining before international tribunals; controlling the courtroom in the face of disruptive defendants/counsel; as well as bases of individual criminal responsibility and specialized defenses relevant to international criminal trials. The course employs daily simulations and role-play exercises, culminating in a mock trial.

2:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Contemporary Developments in International Human Rights Law

Taught by Professor Zwart
This course focuses on human rights, their status as international law, and the salient issues in the implementation and enforcement of that law. After considering the philosophical origins of human rights, the course will examine the interpretation of the major human rights instruments and their implementation by international, regional, and domestic bodies, with particular attention to contemporary developments and challenges.

Session 2: June 24 - July 12
9:00 am - 10:50 am

The Law of Whistleblowing in Comparative Perspective

Taught by Professor Clark
A whistleblower is someone who has had access to an organization's confidential information, learns of alleged wrongdoing and then reports that wrongdoing either internally (to someone else within the organization) or externally (such as to law enforcement or the media). This course will examine the law of whistleblowing, including the expanding protections for and encouragement of whistleblowers. These include: sanctions on those who retaliate against whistleblowers; compensation for whistleblowers who have experienced retaliation; facilitation of whistleblowing through institutional mechanisms, such as hotlines; and financial incentives for whistleblowers. Each student will participate in role-play exercises and will make a brief presentation about whistleblower protection law in a country other than the United States and the United Kingdom.

11:00 am - 12:50 pm

The Legal Regulation of Childhood

Taught by Professor Appell and Dr. Parkes
Childhood is a legally and socially constructed category that creates the distinction between children and adults and provides different sets of rules for each group. These rules limit children's (and often adult's) autonomy and conduct. This course will examine how the law defines and regulates children as distinct from adults. This inquiry will explore the status of childhood through children's relationships; interactions with the court system, especially the juvenile court system; the roles of children's attorneys; children's rights at school; the extent and limits of children's individual autonomy under the law, including their ability to perform their own identity, sexuality, speech, intimate associations, family status, and medical care. The primary learning objectives are to acquaint students with children in the legal system, to foster critical inquiry regarding the regulation of children, and to explore alternatives to this current approach.

2:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Global Issues in Patent Law and Policy

Taught by Professor Nard
This course considers substantive and procedural issues relating to patent law from a global perspective. Topics include (1) the effects of the TRIPS treaty on development, technology transfer, and the freedom of developing countries to shape their patent systems; (2) patent granting and enforcement mechanisms in the U.S. and Europe; (3) patenting of biomedical-related inventions (e.g., genes); and (4) controversies relating to access to medicines in the developing world under Article 31 of TRIPS.

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    Important Dates for the Summer Institute
    April 1, 2013
    Application deadline
    Within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance, tuition deposit due
    June 1, 2013
    Balance of tuition due
    June 1, 2013
    Hotel check-in; hotel fee due
    June 2, 2013
    Orientation and welcoming session
    June 3-June 21, 2013
    First session classes
    June 24-July 12, 2013
    Second session classes
    July 13, 2013
    Hotel check-out and departure