LAW-2078 Cuba Seminar: Issues in Contract Law, Trade and Foreign Investment

Hon. Isaac Borenstein (Ret.), Prof. Elizabeth Trujillo,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


It is anticipated that the course for Suffolk Law School students at the University of Havana School of Law will focus on all aspects of Contract Law, both domestic and international. Issues to be covered include the law of Contracts in the U.S., statutory, regulatory, common law and constitutional law; the law of Contracts in Cuba, in a socialist regime and one in transition to a mixed-economy; the law of Contracts as regards to foreign investment in Cuba and in the U.S., with attention to both existing investment and the growing opportunities for business opportunities in Cuba; the limits of the U.S. embargo laws and regulations in and the investment by American companies, and the exceptions to it, as well as the authority of the President in granting waivers to same; finally, the resolution of contractual disputes with foreign investors in Cuba, through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

The course will meet for one week on the campus of the University of Havana, include the enrollment of Suffolk students as well as Cuban law students, with the daily participation of Cuban and U.S. law professors. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00pm during the week of January 11-15, 2016. In addition, there will be at least 4 hours of substantive class meetings before the trip to Havana. The one week intensive course in January, 2016 will be part of a semester long seminar in Spring, 2016, at Suffolk Law School. A paper of significant length on an approved topic will be required. Students will receive 2 credits upon successful completion of all course requirements.

Professor of Law Elizabeth Trujillo and Visiting Professor of Law Judge Isaac Borenstein (ret.), will be Suffolk's faculty in residence in Havana and will co-teach the Spring Semester 2016 Seminar. During their stay in Havana, Suffolk law students will be boarding in private homes, with public transportation readily available to the law school and throughout the city. Students will be responsible for their own expenses for travel from Boston to Havana, and back; for their housing, meal costs and for daily transportation. There may be small additional fees and costs. Details of all expenses will be discussed in introductory meetings with the student body, as well as at orientation and class meetings for the selected students. Although conversational knowledge of Spanish would be useful and preferred, there will be an interpreter at the law school every day for the course. Many faculty and students have some working knowledge of English.


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