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Southwestern Reporter

January 2006

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Southwestern’s Summer 2006 International Law Programs

Next summer, Southwestern will again offer students the opportunity for international legal study through its established programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; its newer Entertainment and Media Law program in London, England; and a collaborative program in Guanajuato, Mexico. Each program features international law courses taught in English by leading experts and scholars, highlighted by visits to courts, law offices, and government agencies, and social events that explore local areas and culture.

In addition to the program descriptions that follow, brochures and application forms are available in the Student Affairs Office and online; brochures for the London program are also available in the Biederman Institute Office. In addition, questions may be addressed to program directors Professor Silvia Faerman, Argentina; Professor Austen Parrish, Vancouver; Professor Lon Sobel, London; as well as the Student Affairs Office.


London, England

London, England
The program in International Entertainment and Media Law will be held from June 25 to July 28 at the University of London. It will include two and three unit courses on international entertainment, media, art and sports law; U.S. and British faculty with extensive international experience; guest lectures by leading members of the British entertainment and media law bar; and field excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice, the legal, entertainment, media and cultural facilities of London (such as CNN and the British Museum) and several informal social events. With classes meeting four days a week, students also will have ample opportunity to explore London and other European cities on their own.

The University of London, the site of the program, is one of the oldest and largest universities in the United Kingdom. It is a “federation” of 19 separate colleges, plus many specialized Institutes, and several residence halls. All of Southwestern’s courses will be taught in the Brunei Gallery, which is a comfortable, modern building located on the University of London campus in the heart of central London, across the street from the northwest corner of Russell Square in the Bloomsbury district, just one block north of the British Museum.

The program’s academic offerings include: International Entertainment Law taught by Southwestern Professor Lon Sobel; International Media Law, taught by Southwestern Professor Michael Epstein; International Sports Law, taught by Southwestern Associate Dean Christopher Cameron and Professor Simon Gardiner, adjunct professor of sports law at the Griffith University Law School in Australia; and International Art Law taught by Professor Henry Lydiate, a Barrister who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 25 years. He is currently a legal and business consultant, specializing in visual art and design, in addition to teaching at the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge; Birkbeck College, University of London; and the University of the Arts, London.

Tuition is $5,750 for five or six units, and includes housing, books and materials. Single occupancy living accommodations will be provided at the University of London’s Commonwealth Hall. Housing does not include meals, but there is a cafeteria in Commonwealth Hall where students may purchase meals, if they choose to do so. Although there are no cooking facilities available to students in Commonwealth Hall, the hall is located in the University of London/Russell Square/Bloomsbury district of London, where a wide variety of eating establishments are located.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

The program in Buenos Aires, offering a rich array of activities in a cosmopolitan city unlike any other in Latin America, will be held from May 29 to June 30. This year’s course offerings are: Corruption and White Collar Crime taught by Professor Christian Courtis, visiting professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), and Professor Nicolas Dassen of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA); International Business Transactions, taught by Professor Miguel de Dios, who has litigated many of Argentina’s most important cases involving international financial operations, and Professor Alejandro Fiuza, a partner with the Buenos Aires firm of Marval, O’Farrell and Mairal and an expert in international business transactions; International and Comparative Criminal Law, taught by Southwestern Professors Silvia Faerman and Kenneth Williams; International Protection of Human Rights taught by UBA Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Vice Decana) Mónica Pinto, also professor of human rights and international law; and Latin American Laws and Institutions taught by Professor Marcelo Alegre of the UBA and the Universidad de Palermo, and Professor Clara Bozzo, an attorney with Zang Bergel & Vines, where she practices in the areas of finance, corporate finance, international loans, project finance, restructuring, construction and corporate.

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, the program offers a limited number of judicial externships in the Argentine Supreme Court, appellate courts, criminal courts, and federal courts of first instance for students fluent in Spanish. The externship component runs from May 29 to July 11. Preference for positions at the Argentine Supreme Court will be given to students entering their final year of law school.

Tuition for the program in Argentina is $2,900 for four credits and $4,300 for six credits or the externships. There is also a materials fee of $50 per course. Living accommodations with an Argentine family can be arranged for a fee of $600 for the regular program and $700 for externships, which includes a private room with weekday breakfasts and dinners.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The program in Vancouver, a scenic metropolitan area that is the economic, cultural, and educational center of British Columbia, will be held from May 23 to June 24 in collaboration with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Law Faculty.

Participating students must register for at least two of the following two-credit courses: Comparative Environmental Justice, taught by Professor Robert Percival, the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law; Comparative Cultural Property Law, taught by UBC Associate Dean Robert Paterson, a member of the Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association and an editor of the International Journal of Cultural Property; Comparative Urban Planning Law, taught by Southwestern Professor James Kushner and Professor Edward Ziegler of the University of Denver College of Law and a noted scholar on zoning and planning law; International Environmental Law, taught by Southwestern Professor Austen Parrish and Professor Richard K. Paisley, the Director of the Dr. Andrew R. Thompson Natural Resources Law Program, a member of the Westwater Research Center at the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC and an expert in international water law and natural resources law; and International Refugee Law taught by Professor James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, director of the University of Michigan’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Program, and is a leading authority on international refugee law.

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, a limited number of two unit, five-week externships are available to qualified applicants. Students who participate in the Externship Program will have the opportunity to work with either the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy; or the Dr. Andrew R. Thompson Natural Resources Law Program (with Professors Richard Paisley and Shi-Ling Hsu). Other placements may be available with other legal organizations in Vancouver. The Externship Program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop legal and professional skills in the area of comparative and international law. The externship component runs from May 24 to June 23.

The cost for the program is $2,800 for four units and $4,200 for six units, plus a $50 materials fee for each course. Housing costs will be finalized in the spring; last year’s fees ranged from $575 - $975.

Vancouver offers an unending variety of captivating sights and activities. Among the many popular destinations within a few minutes of the city center are Stanley Park, one of North America’s largest urban parks, and the continent’s second largest Chinatown. There are also several cultural attractions within the university grounds, including the Museum of Anthropology and the Nitobe Japanese Gardens.


Guanajuato, Mexico

Universidad de Guanajuato
Southwestern’s Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico, a colonial city defined by fountains and shady plazas surrounded by sidewalk cafes, is held in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and the Universidad de Guanajuato, Facultad de Derecho. The program, established in 1989, focuses on Mexican and international law and will be held from May 28 to June 25, with two-week, two-unit externships offering law firm and judicial experience available to students who participate in the course component starting on June 26.

Participating students may enroll in two of the following three-credit courses: Overview of Mexican Business Law, taught by Professor William MacPherson of the University of New Mexico and founding Director of Summer Law Institute, and Professor Pedro Vasquez Nieto, of the Universidad de Guanajuato, a Notario specializing in Mexican Business Law, and co-director of the Summer Law Institute; NAFTA and Trade in the Americas, taught by Southwestern Professor Robert Lutz and Professor Jorge A. Ramírez, Director of International Programs at Texas Tech; Comparative Constitutional Law, taught by Professor Arminda Balbuena Cisneros, Coordinator of Post-Graduate Programs at the Universidad de Guanajuato, Professor Alison G. Myhra of Texas Tech, and Professor Rachel A. Van Cleave, the J. Hadley Edgar Professor of Law at Texas Tech and currently a visiting professor at UC Hastings; International Business Transactions, taught by Professor Sergio Pareja of the University of New Mexico; and Mexican Legal Institutions, taught by Professors Juan Manuel Alvarez González, Arturo Hernández Torres, and Rogelio Meza Amao of the Universidad de Guanajuato. All classes will be held in the main building of the Universidad de Guanajuato.

Tuition for the program in Argentina is $2,300 ($3,100 for the externships). The institute does not provide housing, but can help students find inexpensive housing within walking distance of the school. Information on last year’s Institute, including testimonies from past participants, can be found online.

The Argentina, Vancouver, London and Mexico programs are ABA-approved. The application deadline is April 3, 2006, but earlier submission is advised. All programs are open to law students in good standing who will have completed one year of study prior to the start of the programs - please see Southwestern’s Student Handbook for additional requirements and the program brochures (available in print or online) for more detailed information on venues and courses. More information will be available throughout the spring, including information sessions with past participants and the program directors.




Law Journal Symposium to Examine CAFTA and Commercial Law Reform in the Americas

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In an increasingly global economy, individual countries are finding it more difficult to prosper alone. Multilateral trade agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) are setting the groundwork for commercial law reform in countries through regional harmonization, invigoration of business, reduction of the shadow economy, resolution of commercial disputes, and enforcement of the rule of law. The Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., is presenting "A Symposium on CAFTA and Commercial Reform in the Americas," focusing on the CAFTA example and what lies ahead for the people of Latin America.

The event will take place on Monday, February 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the Southwestern Campus and is co-sponsored by the International Law Sections of the American Bar Association, California State Bar and Los Angeles County Bar Association; USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics; and the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade. Panel topics will include "CAFTA Overview: Regional Coordination, Harmonization and Law Reform;" "Property Institutions, Financing, Banks and the Invigoration of Small Business;" "Dealing with the Shadow Economy;" and "Dispute Resolution Processes and Enforcing the Law."

A brochure with registration form is available online or from the Student Affairs or Law Journal offices. The symposium offers 7.5 hours of CLE credit. Registration is $75 for participants seeking CLE credit, $50 for Southwestern Alumni seeking CLE credit, $15 for participants not seeking CLE credit, and free for Southwestern faculty and students, and members of co-sponsoring organizations.

Articles written in coordination with the symposium will be published in the Law Journal; copies of the issue will be sent to participants. They will also be available for purchase from the Law Journal office. Subscriptions to Law Journal may be ordered via the symposium registration form at a cost of $30 for domestic and $35 for foreign addresses or by visiting the Law Journal section of the website. For further information, contact email




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• Faculty Presentation, Classic Liberal Strict Liability (article-in-progress), Wake Forest University School of Law
• Anomalies in Intentional Tort Law, 1 TENNESSEE JOURNAL OF LAW & POLICY 187 (2005)


• Interviewed regarding the NYC transit strike and the right of public employees to strike in general, "AirTalk," KPCC


• Recent Curricular Trends in Legal Education: What Bar Examiners May Want to Know, 74 BAR EXAMINER 4:39 (2005)
• Speaker, Embarking on Curricular Change: Lessons from the ABA Curriculum Survey, Committee on Curriculum and Research Program, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
• Participant, Accreditation Committee Meeting, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Napa, California


• Lecturer, Opinion Writing Seminar for Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers from the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, Oklahoma City University School of Law


• Quoted in "Socratic Method Falls Out of Favor in Schools," Los Angeles Daily Journal


• Lawyers in Their Habitats: Law firms contemplating transnational mergers should start thinking like anthropologists, LEGAL AFFAIRS (January/February 2006)
• Speaker, The Globalization of American Law? Comparative Law and the New Legal Transplants, Section on Comparative Law, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.


• Quoted in "Socratic Method Falls Out of Favor in Schools," Los Angeles Daily Journal


• Member, Planning Committee, Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, AALS Annual Meeting


• Speaker, Religion, Division and the Constitution, Section on Law and Religion, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.


• The Banality of Fraud: Re-situating the Inside Counsel as Gatekeeper, 74 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 983 (December 2005)
• Featured in "Law School Professor Couple Gets an 'A' for Happiness," Korea Times


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• Annual Supplement, SUBDIVISION LAW AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT, 2nd ed., 2 vols. (West Group, 2005)
• New Urbanism in Europe, Annual Program on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, Center for American and International Law and ABA Section on Local Government Law, San Francisco, California


• NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 3rd ed. (LexisNexis, 2005)


• Chair, Legal Issues Subcommittee, NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Dispute Resolution
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• Guest Speaker, International Trade Law and the Recent Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, Center for Comparative Law & Development Studies, University of Wollongong Law School, Australia
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• Participant, ABA-Africa Council Meeting, Washington, D.C.
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• Acknowledgment from Governor Schwarzenegger, creation of the "Littles in Law" program


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