Students may enroll in any of seven 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. Four 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. Students may not enroll in more than three classes during a two-week period.
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.
2014 Course Descriptions
International Intellectual Property Law
Professor Seamus Clarke; Associate Dean Robert Spoo (Co-Lecturer for first week) (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
Professor Bruce Carolan
(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.
European Union Competition Law
Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey
(1 credit; first two weeks of program)
An American lawyer advising U.S. companies must be aware of European antitrust law, or, as it is called in Europe, competition law. The Court of Justice, the "Supreme Court" of the European Union, has ruled that the competition laws of the European Union can apply to companies outside the EU, if their activities have an impact within the EU. Knowledge of European Union competition law and its possible application to U.S. companies doing business across national borders may enhance employment prospects. This course aims to provide students with an overview of the competition law of the European Union. In some ways, parts of this law are similar to U.S. antitrust laws, and students may recognize some of the concepts employed in EU law. By the conclusion of this course, a student will be able to apply EU competition law to a hypothetical factual situation and to provide advice on various aspects of EU competition law. No prior knowledge of US Antitrust law is expected.
The Legal and Institutional Consequences of the Eurozone Financial Crisis
Professor Robert Weber
Over the past five years, the Eurozone financial crisis has had more impact on the E.U. institutional framework and member state relations than any other development. As a result of the crisis, the ties that seemed to have bound E.U. member states so tightly in their E.U. project have unraveled, with states like Germany accusing Southern European states of irresponsible financial management and Southern European states accusing Germany of heavy-handedness and complicity.
In this short course, we will study the unprecedented and innovative legal and institutional changes that European lawmakers have implemented to respond to the crisis. We will begin by tracing the origins of the crisis to the Euro currency framework itself. We will also examine briefly the legal and economic factors leading up to 2010 that caused the Eurozone to face this existential crisis. We will survey the institutional changes, including the relevant E.U. treaty amendments, a new Eurozone-only treaty, reform of the E.U. bank regulatory system, the new roles assumed by the European Central Bank, and the onerous, austerity-inducing “memoranda of understanding” pursuant to which emergency financing was provided to Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain.
By the end of the course, you will better understand the E.U. legal regime, public finance, and the roles of banks and central banks in the economy. As a result, you will also be able to compare and contrast the Eurozone’s experience with similar political scuffles and banking law reforms in the United States. No prior familiarity with finance or financial law is required for this course.
Comparative Commercial Speech
Professor Tamara Piety
One of the most hotly litigated issues in the Supreme Court in recent years has been how much First Amendment protection advertising and marketing ought to receive under something known as the commercial speech doctrine. One problem is that it is not clear what “commercial speech” is. But whatever the answer, it is clear that commercial speech receives more robust protection than it has in the past. Yet strong First Amendment protection for commercial speech conflicts with an untold number of consumer protection regulations, including, for example, the recent FDA warning labels for tobacco and the FDA’s prohibition on off-label use marketing of pharmaceutical drugs. Strong protection for commercial speech may mean weak regulation of commerce.
Proponents of strong First Amendment protection for commercial speech suggest such protection is necessary to freedom in a democratic system. Yet many advanced democracies have very different regulatory regimes than that in the US. In this course we will examine the approach to the regulation of advertising in the US versus Europe, beginning with a comparison of the First Amendment to Article 10 in the European Convention on Human Rights; moving to some of the key cases and treaties; and ending with a brief sampling of various regulatory regimes of marketing and advertising, in particular those in Sweden and Norway.
Advertising and marketing are hot topics in today’s business environment. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of laws and regulations that are likely to face legal challenge. This is particularly true because the contrasting approaches of the EU and the US to the regulation of commercial speech suggest future clashes that may bring the US into conflict with its treaty obligations over issues like tobacco labeling, dolphin-safe tuna, GMOs, data mining and many others. And no matter what happens with US law (which is changing from day-to-day), multinational corporations will have to adjust to the legal regimes in the countries in which they do business. For the largest global companies that means conforming to rules that restrict what they can say in their advertising and marketing materials far more than in the U.S.
This class involves current events and culture so I will ask students to come to class prepared with examples of the advertising they see around them. This may be the first class in which you can say when you are watching television or surfing the net you are doing your homework!
Students will be graded on their participation and a final exam.
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.
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.