Course Offerings

Required Course

Course: Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Constitution (2 credits)
Professor:  Julian Ku, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of International Programs, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

This course examines how U.S. law both constrains and is constrained by U.S. foreign relations and the foreign policy-making process. The course focuses on the constitutional allocation of responsibility among the executive, legislative and judicial branches in matters relating to foreign affairs, including war, treaty-making and spending powers. Unique aspects of the lawmaking process in the foreign relations context are illuminated through historical case studies to include, among others, the use of force in Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. The involvement of state and local governments and of private actors in foreign affairs is also considered from a constitutional pragmatic. Finally, the course examines how treaties, international instruments and international law in general interact with domestic legal mechanisms, and how the national security context affects such individuals’ rights as those provided under the First and Fourth Amendments. All topics address the need for possible reform of foreign relations law as the United States continues to move forward in the post-Cold War era.

Elective Courses

Students may select one of the following:

Course: The Law of Humanity and the Law of Nations (2 credits)
Professor: Mortimer Sellers, University System of Maryland Regents Professor of Law and Director, Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

The purpose of this course is to consider the foundations of international law and of global justice, with special emphasis on the sources and evidence of law, and when and why international standards should limit or control the national law and policies of independent governments or states.

Course: Introduction to the Economic Law of the European Union for Non-EU Lawyers (2 credits)
Professor: Dr. Flora Goudappel, Associate Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Trade Law in the Overseas Territories, Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law

This course examines the most important aspects of European Union (EU) economic law that are relevant for non-EU lawyers, as well as for non-EU companies and nationals. After a general introduction to the institutional structure and legal principles governing the EU, details of the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital (together making up the so-called internal market of the EU) are discussed. Moreover, the EU’s own legal regime on competition and state aid is highlighted, an area of EU law that is also highly relevant for U.S. companies. Attention is also paid to the common commercial policy of the EU and in particular the role of the EU in setting international trade standards. Finally, the EU immigration rules that are relevant for any non-EU national who wants to move to the EU are discussed.