Course Descriptions

LATIN AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEMS
(2 credit hours)
May 20 – June 1, 2013
Professor Keith Vetter

This course focuses on all elements of the legal system, the substantive private law, the judicial method, the judiciary, the legal profession, legal education, governmental structure, and public law. Naturally, it will be taught from a comparative perspective. Our classroom instruction will be enhanced by trips to one of Rio’s leading law firms, the State University of Rio of Rio de Janeiro’s Faculty of Law (where we will hold some of our classes), as well as courts in the Brazilian judicial system. Loyola has excellent ties with Rio’s legal community; this gives us the opportunity to interact with Brazilian attorneys, law students, and judges at the same time we read and discuss the topics in class. For example, our class in legal education in Latin America will be attended by students of the State University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law, who will express their views concerning the Brazilian system. Similarly, during our visit to a leading Brazilian law firm, one of the partners, who studied and practiced in the U.S., will give his perspective on law practice in Latin America.

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
(2 credit hours)
May 20 – June 1
Professor Markus Puder

This two-credit course introduces students to the vast and dynamic field of international environmental law. We will focus on selected legal issues under international and regional frameworks. Our discussion topics will include Introduction to Terminology and Themes, Sources of Law under International and Regional Frameworks, State Responsibility and Private Remedies, Environmental Study and Planning, and Global Climate Change.

INTERNATIONAL SALES LAW
(1 credit hour)
May 20 – June 1, 2013
Professor Robert Garda 

The course will focus on the law governing the transnational sales of goods. The class will first cover the major sources of international commercial law with a special emphasis on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), the UNIDROIT Principles of Commercial Law and public international law regarding arbitration of commercial disputes. The scope of the CISG along with its relationship to the domestic commercial laws of the United States and Brazil will then be examined. The class will cover issues of offer and acceptance, express and implied warranties, performance obligations and remedies under the CISG. The CISG will be compared to the domestic sales laws of the United States and Brazil throughout the class.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION
(1 credit hour)
May 20 – June 1, 2013
Professor John Rooney

The course will cover the regulation and use of international arbitration from the perspectives of International, United States and Brazilian law. We will discuss the application of the principle instruments of public international law in the area (The Washington Convention, the United States Model Bilateral Investment Treaty, the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration) and the Federal Arbitration Act and Brazil's national arbitration law.

The first week of the course will cover the public international law sources, and discuss the regulation of investor-state arbitrations. The discussion of investor-state arbitrations will include arbitral forums (such as ICSID) and sources of cause of action under public international law.

The second week will be devoted to international commercial arbitration. We will cover national regulation of international commercial arbitration, looking at the United States, Brazil and the UNCITRAL Model International Commercial Arbitration Law, with emphasis on the enforceability of the agreement to arbitrate, interim measures of protection, rules for the conduct of international arbitrations (International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, Inter-American Commission on International Commercial Arbitration, and UNICTRAL International Arbitration Rules);development and use of evidence in the international arbitration; and the recognition and enforcement of the international arbitral award.