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Summer Program in Pisa

Summer Program in Pisa

International and Comparative Law Program: 2019

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Sunday, May 19-Saturday, June 1, 2019
(3 credit program)

Sunday, May 19-Thursday, June 13, 2019
(5 credit program)

Co-sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Approved by the American Bar Association.

The application deadline is March 29, 2019. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The Summer Program in Pisa is an intensive course of study that aims to introduce students to the legal issues that surround finance and technology around the world. With a focus on business, finance and data protection and taught by experts in the field, the course offers students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to immerse themselves in this ever-growing field of law.

Students will have the option to enroll in a 3 credit two-week program, or a 5 credit three-and-a-half week program.

Classes are held at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, a top research university located in the heart of the charming Tuscany region of Italy.

Participants earn either 3 or 5 credits by taking courses taught by Professors J. Scott Colesanti of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Giovanni Comandé́ of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Course Offerings - 3 Credit Program:

  • International Financial Crimes (2 credits)
    • This 2-credit course examines and compares the prosecution of “securities fraud” in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. The respective statutes, key cases, and regulators shall be detailed and evaluated. Both primary authority and commentary will be reviewed in the cause of selecting an ideal enforcement regime. The specific role of stock exchanges in forming and – in some cases – stalling regulatory enhancements shall be studied. In particular, the relative advantages and harms of the criminalization of market abuses such as insider trading and stock manipulation shall be explored.

      The course is taught by Professor J. Scott Colesanti, who has lectured and taught abroad since 2009. In addition to being a securities regulator for over a decade, Professor Colesanti has served as compliance counsel and securities industry arbitrator. He has taught Securities Regulation to law students for 19 years, and his book on the origins of insider trading law will be released in May.

  • Global Law and Regulation of Big Data (1 credit)
    • Today’s technologies enable the unprecedented exploitation of data for any thinkable purpose, but mostly in business and surveillance. Algorithms are regularly used for mining data of a highly personal nature, offering unexplored patterns and deep non-causal analyses to those businesses seeking to exploit these advances.

      Yet, these innovations need to be properly framed under existing legal frameworks that account for protection of fundamental rights and freedoms. For these aims, laws providing data protection plays a significant role.

      The course aims at enabling students to understand how algorithms and data mining techniques are used in today’s society as well as how those techniques intersect with applicable legal frameworks. Students will develop an awareness of the interplay between these techniques and normative rules.

Additional Course for 5 Credit Program:

  • Data Protection Law in Europe and the United States (2 credits)
    • Laws and regulations governing the protection of data are increasingly vital as more and more personal information is store online and held by private companies. Moreover, companies such as Google or Amazon face regulations in both the United States and in the European Union. This course will review and analyze the law governing data protection in both jurisdictions, two of the largest economies in the world.

      In particular, this course will introduce students to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a new important rule from the EU that will affect U.S. and other non-EU companies worldwide. It will situate these rules against the backdrop of pre-existing laws governing data protection and compare it to laws and regulations in the United States.

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