Comparative Health Law
Prof. Renee M. Landers
This course in Comparative Health Law offers a survey of the way different countries balance various individual and societal interests involved in health law and bioethics. Coverage will include an opportunity to analyze the structures of different national approaches to the payment for, and delivery of, health care services as well as an examination of how different nations approach transcendent issues.
The course will inform students about a subject that is an important and continual focus of public policy. A course in Comparative Health Law is always timely because of the central importance of health to individual fulfillment and the substantial economic contribution the health care sector makes in many regions. In addition, this course aims to tap into the visibility that the topic of health reform has gained in the United States with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the attention focused on the Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in 2012 upholding the law in the face of a constitutional challenge, and the federal and state approaches to implementing the provisions of the ACA. Sicko, the motion picture produced by Michael Moore, the independent film Escape Fire, and several PBS documentaries, have raised the profile of these issues. Similarly, recent changes in the approach to delivering primary care, hospital, and retail pharmacy services have injected some limited market approaches into the delivery of health care services in Sweden, and governments providing health insurances or services as part of robust social insurance systems are struggling to control costs and eliminate disparities. A course in Comparative Health Law offers opportunities for U.S. and Swedish students to consider the cultural, political, economic, and demographic differences that influence approaches to health law and policy. This course also will consider how the structure and philosophies of legal and regulatory systems influence health care systems and all the institutions and individuals who participate. A subject with which every person has some experience, health law provides rich opportunities for comparative legal and policy analysis and cross-cultural exchange of ideas.
International Sales Law
Prof. Jeffrey Wittenberg
This course will explore certain concepts and provisions pertaining to the Sale of Goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC"). Frequent additional references will be made to the corresponding provisions of the common law of contracts and the Articles of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ("CISG"). The topics discussed will include the formation of contracts, performance, warranties and remedies.
Comparative Criminal Procedure: The U.S., Sweden and the Right to Privacy
Judge Isaac Borenstein (Ret.), Visiting Lecturer in Law
This course will cover constitutional, civil and human rights concerns, and how both countries address limits on law enforcement investigation, including the law of arrest, stop and frisk, related searches including on grounds of “state security,” confessions and Miranda; a number of other special topics will be part of the material:
- the role of attorneys and judges in plea bargaining;
- sentencing; and
- the right to confrontation of witnesses at trial.
The instructors also will discuss significant proposed changes in criminal law and procedure in Sweden, and relevant proposals in the United States. Cases and legislation will be read and discussed. Students will leave with a knowledge of important areas of substantive law and procedure, with an appreciation of how two democracies approach issues of justice in unique ways.
International Intellectual Property
Prof. Leah Chan Grinvald
This course will equip students with the understanding and skills to engage in international intellectual property practice on both public and private international law levels and also provide students with a comparative angle for assessing the issues in international intellectual property law. We will cover a range of topics, including territoriality and national treatment. Of particular interest will be multilateral treaties (such as TRIPS, Paris and Berne Conventions) that frame the substantive rules of international intellectual property law, however, we will also be comparing and contrasting the national adoption of these treaties in a variety of member countries, such as the United States and the European Union. In addition, we will touch upon enforcement issues, both at the international level through the World Trade Organization and national levels through domestic courts and customs authorities.
The final exam is essay-based.