Hofstra Law

Annual Program in Comparative and International Law in Curaçao

Sunday, December 17, 2023 – Saturday, January 6, 2024

Sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Approved by the American Bar Association

Download the Application (PDF)

Download the Program Schedule (PDF)

The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Courses will be taught at the University of Curaçao throughout this program. This annual, winter-term Program in Comparative and International Law in Curaçao provides a new perspective on the American legal system in an international context. Through an intensive, three-week course of study in international and comparative law, the Curaçao program will help prepare you to practice law in the globalized world economy by equipping you to address international legal problems that arise in theory and practice. You will be exposed to foreign legal institutions of the Americas and Europe, and you will experience the unique legal and social culture of Curaçao, which reflects strong African, Caribbean and European influences.

The program is co-sponsored by the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and hosted by the University of Curaçao.

Program Information

Course #1: International Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts (2 credits)
Professor: Kevin McElroyHofstra Law School
Description: The expansion of international trade and investment in recent years has greatly increased the significance of civil litigation involving foreign parties and transactions in U.S. courts. Such litigation raises concerns not usually present in civil litigation between domestic parties: the application of international and foreign law, the proper role of courts in resolving disputes that might affect foreign policy, and the possibility of conflict between state and federal regulation of foreign commerce. In addressing these concerns, courts have attempted to balance competing domestic and foreign interests and to minimize judicial intrusion in foreign affairs. This course examines selected topics in international civil litigation. Topics may include jurisdiction of U.S. courts over foreign defendants including foreign nations, venue and forum selection, choice of law issues based on common law concepts and international contractual agreements, arbitration agreements, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, extraterritorial application of U.S. law, and the recognition and enforcement of judgments.

Course #2: Intersections: A Comparative Introduction to the Relationship Between Tax, Poverty, and Race (2 credits)
Professor: Janice ShihUniversity of Baltimore School of Law
Description: Taught by University of Baltimore School of Law’s Clinic Director and Professor Janice Shih, explore the intricate dynamics of tax, poverty, and race in her course Intersections: A Comparative Introduction to the Relationship Between Tax, Poverty, and Race. This comprehensive study offers a comparative analysis, and may cover but is not limited to, various topics such as examining the US tax system in comparison with Germany, dissecting anti-poverty tools such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit in the US, New Zealand, and Canada, and unearthing the racial impact of ostensibly race-neutral tax policies. No prior tax experience is required to take this course. By the end, you'll possess a greater understanding of these interconnected issues, enabling you to navigate tax systems for future financial goals, comprehend their social implications, and advocate for equity.

Curaçao is part of the Dutch Caribbean, a group of five islands that also includes Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. The island is near Aruba and the coast of Venezuela. The Caiquetios of the Amerindian Arawaks originally settled Curaçao about 6,000 years ago. The Spanish arrived in the late 15th century and the Dutch claimed the island in the 17th century. These rich historical and cultural traditions make Curaçao a unique and multicultural legal and social environment, which is governed by Dutch law.

The University of Curaçao was founded in 1979 as the University of the Netherlands Antilles and is located in a suburb of Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao. Willemstad’s colorful architectural heritage has earned the city a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In addition to Dutch, the island's official language, residents speak English, Spanish and Papiamentu, a local Creole tongue.


The schedule for the 2023-2024 Curaçao program is below:

Download the Program Schedule (PDF)


The 2023-2024 program will provide accommodations at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort.

  • The cost of housing is included in the program fee. Students stay in a standard double room with two people, each having their own bed.
  • Please indicate your roommate preference(s) on the application form. Bringing an additional guest or needing a single room will result in an additional fee.
  • Hotel amenities and features include:
    • Outdoor pools
    • Air-conditioned guest rooms
    • Business Services
    • Wireless Internet
    • Fitness Center
    • Restaurants / Bars
    • Room service available
    • Valet dry-cleaning
    • All guest rooms come equipped with coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, mini-fridge, safes, hair dryers, voice-mail and cable television.
  • Want a Single Room? Bringing a Friend, Family, Partner or Spouse?
    • If you prefer a single room or would like to bring someone with you on the program, Hofstra Law is happy to accommodate your request.
    • For students looking for their own room, there is an additional charge, which will guarantee a single room for the duration of your stay.
    • For students looking to bring a non-student on the program, there is an additional charge, which guarantees a single room as well as 1 guest at all official program functions, excluding courses.
    • Please inquire further if you are bringing more than 1 guest.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. To take advantage of these options, please indicate on the housing page of the Curaçao application form that you want a single room and why.

2023-24 Tuition and Program Fees:

$4,680 (4 credits at a discounted rate)

Program and Housing Fees (double rooms)

$6,000 (Airfare not included)

Program Fee Includes:

  • Housing (20 days at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, double room, wifi, daily buffet breakfast included)
  • Emergency Medical Insurance
  • On-site administration
  • Private bus service to and from the hotel for classes
  • Specified meals and coffee breaks with snack, on class days
  • Academic Field Trips
  • Holiday party
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell reception
  • Optional Additional Charges to Students
    • Single room Supplement: Extra Cost $4,200
    • Single room Supplement w/ one guest: Extra Cost $4,950

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to cover the cost of the program as well as transportation and other expenses. If you are interested in applying, check with the financial aid office at your home institution to determine financial aid eligibility and availability. Hofstra University will bill students the program fee for tuition and housing (less the $500 application deposit) in November before the trip. If you require financial assistance to attend the program, please work with your law school’s financial aid office immediately after being accepted into the program.

Non-Hofstra law students should obtain a Consortium Agreement Form from your financial aid office and address it to:

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Attn: Dana Vitale, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Joan Axinn Hall #109
Hempstead, NY 11549

2023-24 Program Financial Aid:
Please be aware that below represents the maximum amount available in financial aid for the program:

  • Tuition: $4,680 (paid to Hofstra University)
  • Housing & Program Fee (double rooms): $6,000 (paid to Hofstra University)
  • Food: $5,480
  • Transportation: $2,100
  • Books/Miscellaneous: $1,200
  • Total financial aid available: $19,460


  1. Cancellation of program: In the unlikely event that the program is canceled, each and every student enrolled would receive individual notice by e-mail, receipt requested, and there would be follow-up by regular mail or telephone or both to every student who did not acknowledge receipt of the e-mail. Cancellation of the program would result in refunding all payments made by students;
  2. Withdrawal by individual student: For a student to withdraw his or her enrollment in the program, the student must send written notice (by e-mail or regular mail) that is received by the program director or program assistant (or both) no later than 5pm on October 27, 2023. After timely withdrawal, the student will receive a refund of all payments other than the nonrefundable $500 deposit. No refunds will be made for withdrawals received after October 27, 2023.

Download the 2023/2024 Curaçao Application (PDF)

APPLICATION EXTENDED DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Upon submitting your application, complete with a statement of interest, scanned passport, and a letter of good standing from the law school you will receive a decision letter. If accepted, a link to make the $500 nonrefundable deposit will be sent to you and you may move forward with the financial aid process.

Note: If you are accepted and cancel your participation after the application deadline, you may be required to pay the full program balance and tuition.

If you apply for financial aid but do not receive the aid by the deadline, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law will accept a letter from your school stating that you will receive financial aid for the program. The balance must be paid as soon as you receive your financial aid funds.

If you have specific questions, contact:

Jessika Pineda, Associate Director of International Law Programs and Student Affairs
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Attn: Curaçao Program
121 Hofstra University, Suite 203B Hempstead, NY 11549
Phone: 516-463-0417
E-Mail: Jessika.Pineda@hofstra.edu
General E-mail:InternationalPrograms@hofstra.edu

Academic Policies

Eligibility Criteria, Academic Requirements and Grading

The program is open to all law students who have completed all first-year day courses and who are in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school. (Maurice A. Deane School of Law students must have at least a 2.2 GPA.)

Note: If you attend a law school other than Hofstra Law, you must submit a letter from your law school verifying that you meet the above requirements.

Academic Requirements
All students are required to enroll in a 4-credit course. There will also be required field trips to local legal institutions.

Hofstra Law’s grading standards apply, and Maurice A. Deane School of Law transcripts will be sent out. Acceptance of credits earned during the program is subject to the determination of your home school.

Grades are based on an examination in each course. The grading policy in the program is the same as in the regular course of study at Hofstra Law. The grade scale is: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D and F.

Professor: Kevin McElroy, Hofstra Law School

Professor: Janice ShihUniversity of Baltimore School of Law


On-Site Program Director

Jessika Pineda
Associate Director of International Law Programs and Student Affairs
Send an Email
(516) 463-0417

Joanne Masci
Senior Support Specialist
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(516) 463-4547


Please direct all inquiries about the program to internationalprograms@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-4547.


The program is open to students who have completed all first-year courses and who are in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school.

No, you will take two 2-credit courses with no pre-requisites.

You must take both classes for a total of 4 credits.

Hofstra class attendance policy applies to ALL students. Attendance is MANDATORY on all field trips and/or guest lectures. Any absence from a field trip counts the same as an absence from a class session.

Hofstra Law grading standards apply, and Hofstra transcripts will be sent out after the completion of the program. Acceptance of credits earned during the program is subject to the determination of your home school. After the completion of the program and grades have been submitted, transcripts will be automatically sent to your home institution.

If you attend a law school other than those at Hofstra University or the University of Baltimore, you must submit a letter from your law school verifying that you are in good standing as well as an unofficial transcript.

Students will be accepted into the program in the order in which they apply.

Yes, there is WiFi available at both the hotel and the University of Curacao.

Yes, both the University of Curaçao and the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort are accessible to students with disabilities; however, some aspects of the program may not be accessible to people with certain disabilities.


Please direct all inquiries about the program to internationalprograms@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-4547.