Summer Program in Pisa

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the CDC’s latest recommendations for limiting travel to Italy, Hofstra Law has canceled the 2020 Summer Program in Pisa.


International and Comparative Law Program: 2020

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Sunday, May 17-Saturday, May 30, 2020
(3 credit program)

Sunday, May 17-Saturday, June 13, 2020
(6 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 27, 2020. 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 trade 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 6 credit four 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 6 credits by taking courses taught by Professors Juliana Campagna of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Giovanni Comandé́ of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Course Offerings - 3 Credit Program:

  • Import/Export Law (2 credits)
    • To be updated
  • 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 Courses for 6 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.
  • Re-export Law (1 credit)
    • To be updated

For more information regarding traveling to Italy, please visits the U.S. State Department website and review the Country-Specific Information for Italy.


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