Suffolk Cuba Seminar

Suffolk Law School is preparing for our 4th seminar for American and Cuban law students. This one-week program (March 11-15, 2019), co-taught by Judge Isaac Borenstein and Cuban law professors, is held at the University Of Havana School Of Law.

Participation is limited to 24 Suffolk students.

The Cuba Seminar for Spring Semester 2018 will focus on Intellectual Property, both in Cuba and the U.S.  While reviewing the fundamentals of IP law, the course is meant to be a comparative study of each nation's approach to trademark, copyright and patents, as well as related subjects, such as the role of international treaties, case law involving both nations, and the role of mediation and arbitration. What is also unique about the Cuba Seminar is that you will be introduced to Cuba's history, culture, politics, legal system and its people.  The course is offered for 2 credits, and as part of the seminar at Suffolk students must commit to a course at the University of Havana School of Law, with Cuban law students and professors. You can expect to arrive in Havana on Friday, March 9, 2018, flying in the morning directly from JFK (about a 3 hour non-stop flight) and returning on Sunday, March 18, 2018. In Havana you will stay in homes with Cuban families, 2 students per room, in a lovely neighborhood; use public transportation; access all of the city's cultural activities, and bond with your Cuban peers. All arrangements are made by Suffolk Law School, and both Judge Isaac Borenstein (ret.), a native of Cuba, and Professor Christopher Gibson, whose specialties include IP and International Law, will be with you in Havana the entire trip. As a result of our very positive prior experiences in Havana, Judge Borenstein's knowledge of the city and travel to and from Cuba, we are able to make this a very cost-effective and special experience. Acceptance to the class is by application in the fall. Please look for announcements of two orientation sessions for interested students.

2018 Cuba Seminar Application [PDF] will be forthcoming

Cuba Seminar Information Sessions


Please come to learn about the Cuba Seminar, Spring Semester 2018, and the March 2018 Spring Intersession/Vacation week at the University of Havana School of Law. Professor Christopher Gibson and Judge Isaac Borenstein (ret.), Instructor in Law at Suffolk Law School, and native of Havana, Cuba, will discuss the seminar and one-week academic exchange, at both information sessions. All students are welcome to attend one or both sessions. This is a unique and exceptional academic and cultural experience, in its fourth year, and open to 24 upper-division day and evening law students. Please note: the week in Havana and the semester-long seminar are part of one course, completed together; you cannot enroll in one and not the other.

To be accepted to the 2 credit seminar and the one week in Havana, you must complete and turn in an application form no later than October 20, 2017, by 4 p.m., at the Office of Academic Services. These are available in hard-copy in the Office of Academic Services, in Suite 130, and on-line – PLEASE READ the written guide to the program before you fill out the application and before you attend the Information Sessions. The Cuba Seminar Guide is also available in the Office of Academic Services, Suites 280, 310 and 380, and on-line.

For more information or to apply, please contact Judge Borenstein at (617) 305-3227 or or his assistant, Babs Mello, at (617) 573-8550 or

More information and photographs about this unique program [PDF]