McGeorge School of Law

European Summer Experience Courses

Freedom of Expression in Europe and the U.S. — one (1) unit, graded

  • U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (Ret.) and Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Professor, Queen Mary University of London

This course considers issues of free expression arising in Europe and the United States, particularly with regard to government regulation of speech and of the press. Most of the attention will be directed to the European Court of Human Rights that explain and apply Article 10 of the European Convention. There will be a focus on the doctrines as to which of the two systems have taken divergent paths, such as in dealing with "hate speech" and defamation.

International Dispute Resolution — one (1) unit, graded

  • Professor Joseph Smallhoover, Partner of Bryan Cave LLP, Paris

This course surveys the wide variety of process choices in international dispute resolution. It will include a comparison between civil and common law judicial procedure and of alternative dispute resolution methods such as international arbitration and mediation. The course will examine the legal, policy, ethical, and jurisprudential issues associated with these processes. It will also address the negotiation and drafting of choice of law and choice of forum clauses, as well as of arbitration agreements. The course will be taught through case law, descriptive readings, simulation exercises, and discussion.

European Union Law for International Business — one (1) unit, graded

  • Professor Patrick Warto, University of Salzburg Faculty of Law

This course provides a general introduction to EU law, in the context of how businesses typically enter the EU market. The course concentrates on key matters that international business partners will face entering the EU market and the discussion will focus on selling goods to an EU buyer, e-commerce activities aiming at the EU market, sales via an EU representative, entering the EU market via franchising arrangements, establishing a permanent presence in the EU, and related matters. This is a problem based course and students will work collaboratively to resolve challenging case studies.

European Law in Practice — one (1) unit, P/F (runs May 19 to June 30)

Students will learn about law practice in Europe through observation and instruction. This seminar consists of a two-day boot camp, placement in an internship in a European law firm, company, or legal institution for five weeks prior to the Salzburg Summer Program, and weekly online or telephonic conferences during the course of the internship. Students will be required to keep a reflective journal and write periodic reflective essays. The Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and the Director of Graduate and International Programs will help students find an appropriate placement, and must approve each student's registration.


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Sacramento, CA 95817
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