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Panama Course Descriptions

International Maritime Law (1 credit hour) 

International maritime law is both public and private. Students will be introduced to the various public and private international maritime conventions. The course will introduce students to what are internal waters of a nation state, territorial waters, exclusive economic zone, contiguous zones, rights of passage, and what constitute high seas under international law and U.S. law as well as the potential legal implications. Students will also be exposed to representative international boundary disputes and resolution of such disputes. With increased globalization, practical aspects of international maritime practice in the U.S. will also be discussed.

  • Instructor: Professor Arthur A. Crais, Jr. 
  • Class Dates: July 18 - 22 & 25 - 29, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 10:10 AM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, July 30, 2016 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) 

  1. This course will cover:
  2. Labor and Employment Regulation in the U.S.: FLSA, (Department of Labor), IRCA (Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices) and NLRA (National Labor Relations Board), EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
  3. International Regulatory Treaties: International Labor Organization (ILO); International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
  4. Enforcement: Documented and Undocumented Workers in the U.S.
  5. Comparative experiences across borders: Panama
  • Instructors: Professor Luz M. Molina and María Pabón López
  • Class Dates: July 18 - 22 & 25 - 29, 2016
  • Time: 10:25 AM - 11:35 AM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, July 30, 2016 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: July 18 - 22 & 25 - 29, 2016
  • Time: 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, July 30, 2016 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.