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Panama Course Descriptions

Comparative Maritime Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: The Honorable Carl J. Barbier
Class Dates: July 16-27, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM
No prerequisites required.

From iPads to automobiles, corn syrup to crude oil, over 90% of international trade occurs by ocean carriage. Consequently, shipping is perhaps the most international of the world’s great industries. It is also one of the most dangerous. This course will explore the varying approaches to certain maritime issues under international conventions and United States law. Topics may include marine pollution, limitation of liability, and carriage of goods by sea.

Comparative Judicial Process (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Associate Dean Mary Garvey Algero
Class Dates: July 16-27, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 10:20 - 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 10:45 - 11:45 AM
No prerequisites required.

This seminar will analyze and compare facets of the judicial process of different nations, including issues relating to the roles of lawyers, the selection and roles of the judiciary, the roles of courts as institutions, and how all of these are influenced by the legal cultures in which they operate.

Comparative Criminal Law: Maritime Offenses (1 credit hour)
Instructor: The Honorable John J. Molaison, Jr.
Class Dates: July 16-27, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 11:40 AM - 12:50 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
No prerequisites required.


This course will focus on the criminal law systems of Louisiana and Panama through a study of statutes and case law. 

International Commercial Arbitration (1 credit hour) 
Instructor: John Rooney, Jr.
Class Dates: July 16-27, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 1:00 - 2:10 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 2:15 - 3:15 PM
No prerequisites required.

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.