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Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

School of Law

Curriculum and Class Schedule


Course DatesTimeCourseCourseProfessorExam
June 2 - June 13 8:45 - 10:15 Global Health Law M Tu W Th Blum June 13, 9:00am
June 2 - June 13 10:30 - 12:00 Comparative Family Law M Tu W Th Coupet June 13, 10:30am
June 16 - June 27 8:45 - 10:15 Intro to WTO M Tu W Th Waller June 27, 9:00 am
June 16 - June 27 10:30 - 12:00 Comparative Law M Tu W Th Michael June 27, 10:30 am
June 30 - July 9 tba Strasbourg M Tu W Th F Geraghty TBA



Comparative Law:  Civil Law Tradition & Common Law Tradition (Michael)

Comparative Law, will begin with a consideration of the goals, purposes and applications of comparative law.  The course will focus on the civil law tradition, including its historical roots in Roman Law.  The modern civil law and its development will be considered.  The course will then concentrate on the modern Italian legal system:  its structures and procedures, legal education, the legal and judicial professions, civil and criminal procedure.  The course may also consider some specific areas of Italian substantive law.  This will be followed by an examination of the common law tradition as it developed in England and Wales.  The contemporary English legal system will be compared to the common law tradition as it developed in the United States.

Global Public Health Law (Blum)

This course will explore mechanisms for global governance in the area of public health focusing on the roles of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and Global and regional trade organizations.  Broad topical areas will be used as vehicles to coalesce individual sessions concentrating on health system development, infectious disease reporting and prevention, chronic illnesses, particularly obesity and diabetes, as well as global tobacco control.  A focus of the course in 2014 will be on the exploration of legal rights and policy development for migrant and indigenous populations.

International and Comparative Family Law (Coupet)

This course explores issues in family law from an international and comparative perspective.  The course examines the legal relationship among children, families and the state, with special emphasis on how human rights doctrine has shaped the role of government in family life.  Utilizing a comparative lens, the course compares and contrasts American, European, and African family law across a range of areas, including regulation of marriage, divorce, child custody, alternative families, domestic violence and children’s rights.  The course will examine how international instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and selected regional conventions including the European Convention on the Adoption of Children and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights have shaped the development of domestic family law of individual nations.

Introduction to the World Trade Organization (Waller)

The course is an introduction to the history, structure, rules and dispute resolution system of the World Trade Organization—the international regulator of trade.

International & European Legal Institutions (Geraghty)

This intensive one-credit course uses a combination of lecture and experiential learning to introduce students to human rights principles and to international and regional treaties and institutions charged with protecting and implementing those rights.  The course begins in Strasbourg, France where students will visit and learn about the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.  The classroom component of the course will focus on the history and principles of human rights law, on human rights legal institutions that have developed over the last several decades, and on enforcement mechanisms designed to ensure compliance with human rights-based treaties.  Students and faculty then travel to Luxembourg, home of the European Court of Justice, where we visit with members of the court.  From Luxembourg, we travel further north to The Hague, Netherlands, sometimes dubbed “the judicial capital of the world.”  The course concludes at The Hague with visits to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.



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