Panama Rainforest

Course Descriptions

International Law of the Sea and Pollution Conventions (1 credit hour) 

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of the International Law of the Sea under the Law of the Sea Convention, the division of the sea, rights of riparian states in the areas, including rights of other nation States, delimitation between adjacent and opposite states, the definition of an island and piracy and drug trafficking. In addition, students will be introduced to several international conventions relating to the pollution of the seas in particular the Maritime Pollution Convention and its enforcement using case law from the United States.

  • Instructor: Professor Arthur A. Crais, Jr. 
  • Class Dates: May 18 - 21 & 25 - 29, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 10:10 AM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
  • No more than 20 students may enroll in this course. No prerequisites are required to register for this course. 

Labor at the Crossroads of Immigration and Human Rights: A Legal Perspective (1 credit hour) 

This one-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.

  • Instructor: Professor Luz M. Molina
  • Class Dates: May 18 - 21 & 25 - 29, 2015
  • Time: 10:25 AM - 11:35 AM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • No more than 20 students may enroll in this course. No prerequisites are required to register for this course. 

International Commercial Arbitration (1 credit hour) 

The course will cover the regulation and use of international arbitration from the perspectives of International, United States and Panamanian 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 Panama’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, Panama 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.

  • Instructor: Professor John H. Rooney, Jr., P.A. 
  • Class Dates: May 18 - 21 & 25 - 29, 2015
  • Time: 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • No more than 20 students may enroll in this course. No prerequisites are required to register for this course.