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Panama Course Descriptions

Maritime Conflict of Laws (1 credit hour)

Ships are destined to travel, transporting persons and goods across oceans and national borders. In the eyes of a maritime lawyer, every voyage at sea is legally perilous. Contracts can be made or breached and torts can be committed on board or at sea. Because the voyage is usually international, additional problems of conflict of laws often occur. This course will discuss the legal rules and risks associated with international maritime enterprise. Topic of discussion will include admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; conflicts between federal, state, and foreign law; and choice of law rules concerning maritime contracts and torts. 

Instructor: Professor Nikolaos Davrados
Class Dates: July 17-28, 2017 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM
No prerequisites required.

Comparative Freedom of Expression and Religion (1 credit hour)

This course will compare the protections for speech and religion in different nations and under international law.  It will examine the basic speech and religion protections in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and use that as a launching point to compare similar rights under other constitutions, with a particular focus on countries in Central and South America.  The course will then explore the rights to freedom of expression and religion as recognized in international conventions and treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion and Belief.

Instructor: Professor Robert Garda
Class Dates: July 17-28, 2017 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:30 AM 
Final Exam: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM 
No prerequisites required.

Workplace Discrimination and Human Rights: Domestive Discrimination & Global Human Rights Concepts (1 credit hour)

This course will cover federal discrimination statutes in the United States and will compare domestic statutory law and jurisprudence to international concepts of discrimination. Discussion of this area of law will include selected readings as well as a critical review of a well-plead discrimination complaint.

Instructor: Professor Luz Molina
Class Dates: July 17-28, 2017 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 11:45 AM – 12:55 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM 
No prerequisites required. 

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: July 17 - 28, 2017 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 1:05 PM - 2:15 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 11:40 AM - 12:50 PM
No prerequisites are required to register for this course.