Panama Rainforest

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: May 12 - 16 & May 20 - 23, 2014
  • Location:
    • Universidad Latina de Panamá, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences Building,
      • Room TBA
      • May 13, 14, and 15, 2014
    • Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal
      • Conference Room TBA
      • May 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 10:10 AM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal, Conference Room TBA
  • No more than 20 students may enroll in this course. No prerequisites are required to register for this course. 

International Environmental Law (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 Markus G. Puder, Ph.D. 
  • Class Dates: May 12 - 16 & May 20 - 23, 2014
  • Location: 
    • Universidad Latina de Panamá, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences Building
      • Room TBA
      • May 13, 14, and 15, 2014
    • Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal
      • Conference Room TBA
      • May 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2014
  • Time: 10:25 AM - 11:35 AM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM @ Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal, Conference Room TBA
  • 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 12 - 16 & May 20 - 23, 2014
  • Location: 
    • Universidad Latina de Panamá, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences Building
      • Room TBA
      • May 13, 14, and 15, 2014
    • Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal
      • Conference Room TBA
      • May 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2014
  • Time: 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Final Exam: Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal, Conference Room TBA
  • No more than 20 students may enroll in this course. No prerequisites are required to register for this course. 

Location of Classes

Universidad Latina de Panamá

  • From May 13 - 15, 2014, classes will be held at Universidad Latina de Panamá’s Faculty of Law and Political Sciences Building (Room TBA).
  • The classroom at Universidad Latina de Panamá will feature offer large projection screens, a PowerPoint projector, white boards, modern audiovisual equipment, Internet access, and air-conditioning for a clear atmosphere. 
  • Universidad Latina de Panamá will also provide an administrative office space for program faculty and staff, and student access to the university’s library, cafeteria, medical center, computer labs, and study rooms. Students will have access to these areas for the entirety of the program.

Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal

  • From May 16 and 20 - 23, 2014, classes will be held in a large conference room at the program base hotel, the Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal (Room TBA). Final exams will also be held at the hotel on May 24, 2014. 
  • The conference room will feature a PowerPoint projector, free high-speed wireless Internet access, visual work center with white board and screen, and air-conditioning for a clear atmosphere. 
  • In addition to all rooms offering sufficient work space, the hotel also features numerous lounge spaces (including the hotel lobby, the restaurants/cafés, and the outdoor pool area) which are conducive to study.