Curriculum

 Students may enroll in any of five ABA-approved courses, including the legal internship program, to earn up to six credit hours during our four-week Dublin program. Two of these courses are two-credit courses, offered five days per week for four weeks. two other courses are one-credit courses offered over a two-week period. 

Approximately half of the students who enroll in the Dublin program choose to enroll in four-credit hours of coursework or courses in combination with an internship, and the remainder choose to enroll in five- or six-credit hours. 

All courses involve a European, international, or comparative law perspective.  Some of the courses include Irish or other European guest lecturers and field trips to various legal, political, and financial institutions. Typically, all students in the Dublin program, regardless of whether they are enrolled in a particular course, are invited to hear guest speakers and attend field trips. Some speakers or trips may be scheduled for the entire program, unconnected to a particular course.

Tulsa Students: All courses and the Legal Internship will satisfy the Tulsa Transnational Graduation Requirement.  

International Intellectual Property Law
Professor Seamus Clarke (2 credits)

Intellectual property has played a prominent role in international commerce since the late 19th century, but in recent decades its growing global importance has been marked.  Goods and services produced and traded within and between countries are increasingly the product of intellectual capital. Awareness of the impact of IP regulation is also increasing, as small and medium enterprises, research and development institutions, and indigenous communities have all recognized the importance of IP laws to their businesses and community development.  The scope of subjects falling within the ambit of IP- electronic commerce; patents and access to drugs and health care; and the preservation and management of genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and folklore - have also increased dramatically, and the developmental priorities of many nations have spurred reactive and proactive responses that place intellectual property at the heart of national and international commerce and politics. 

This course will examine the core elements of Intellectual Property Law -- Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and Patent Law -- from a comparative perspective, focusing on how these rights are protected in the global, US, and European legal environments. The course commences with an examination of the essential principles of international IP law, such as extraterritoriality, conflict of laws, and conflict of forum; reviews the key international treaties that establish principles member nations are expected to respect as part of their domestic intellectual property law; and then explores  a number of topics on a comparative basis, such as originality in copyright law, the right to remuneration for online publications, patentability in biotechnology, and cybersquatting. Particular emphasis will be placed on the instructor's area of expertise, e-commerce law, and how traditional IP concepts must cope with new innovation, creation, and branding.

Introduction to European Union Law I and II (2 credits)

This is a two-credit offering. Both segments will be assessed by one exam, divided into two parts, which will be administered at the end of the four-week period. The offering will be team taught, and students will receive separate grades for EU I and EU II, assigned by each professor based on the portion of the exam reflecting the material covered in his or her segment. Therefore, students choosing to enroll in EU Law must enroll in both EU Law I and EU Law II.

 

Introduction to European Law Part I     

Dr. Suzanne Kingston
(1 credit; first two weeks of the program) 

The Law of the European Union, Part One, will introduce EU constitutional and administrative law. The course will examine the legal and institutional framework of the European Union, the principles and enforcement of EU law, and the relation of EU law to Irish law. Topics to be covered will include the EU legislative process, judicial review of EU legislation, the relationship between EU and Member State law, the reception of EU law in the Member States, and the preliminary reference process.

Introduction to European Law Part II

Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey
(1 credit; second two weeks of the program) 

The Law of the European Union, Part Two, will focus on the substantive law of the European Union, particularly the free movement guarantees of the European Union. This course will examine efforts to create a single European market by laws guaranteeing the free movement of goods, services, people and capital. The class will review the relevant portions of the Treaties underpinning the European Union and the case law of the Court of Justice interpreting these Treaty articles and other sources of law.

The course will include topics such as the elimination of tariffs, quotas and measures equivalent to quantitative restrictions; freedom of individuals to move about the European Union for economic and other purposes; provision of services across EU borders; and other issues. By the conclusion of the course, a student should be able to apply EU law to a hypothetical fact pattern and advise on the likely outcome, and critically evaluate provisions of EU law directed to the creation of a single European market. 

Legal and Ethical Issues in Global Health
Professor Matt Lamkin
(1 credit; first two weeks of the program)

Twin trends of globalization and the increasing commercialization of medicine are combining to transform medical research and the delivery of health care, raising novel and complex ethical and legal challenges. Poor people in developing countries increasingly serve as research subjects in medical experiments, often to help produce drugs that will be consumed almost exclusively in the developed world. The human body is increasingly up for sale in the global marketplace, in the form of illicit organ sales and commercial surrogacy contracts, raising pressing concerns about human dignity and exploitation.

 Countries like India, which face massive public health challenges but spend very little on health services for citizens, are positioning themselves as destinations for the delivery of world class medical care for the citizens of wealthier countries. These medical tourists can get the care they need at lower costs, or with shorter wait times, than in their home countries. Yet they may be contributing to the disparities in care in the host countries – and may find their legal remedies at home limited when things go wrong.

 This course will explore legal and ethical issues raised by the globalization of health care services and health research. Topics will include the globalization of clinical research, conducting research in cross-cultural settings, and the legal, ethical, and public health issues raised by medical tourism, international commercial surrogacy, and organ trafficking.

International Children's Rights
Professor Paul Ward
(1 credit; second two weeks of the program)

This course examines a number of emerging issues relating to the rights of children. The source of the rights emanate from many jurisdictions - Ireland, England & Wales, Canada, New Zealand, and the developing jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. The topics include Civil Remedies for Children in State Care, Child Sexual Abuse Actions and Limitation Periods, Constitutional Protection of Children in State Care, Succession and Inheritance Rights, Adoption and Parent Tracing, and International Child Abduction.

Legal Internships
Dr. Fergus Ryan (2 credits)

This program offers students a unique opportunity to learn about Irish, comparative, and international law while working in unpaid internships for four weeks, during the mornings or afternoons, with Irish lawyers and government and non-profit legal institutions. The program also includes a four-hour classroom component examining various aspects of the Irish legal system and law. For more information on the Internship Program, see the Internships page.