Academics

Two 2-credit hour courses (for a total of 4 credits) will be offered in Lille. Additionally, students will have the option of taking a 2-credit course in Comparative Law during the May Intersession (Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 27). The Comparative Law course, which is an introduction to the study of comparative law, will be taught on MC Law campus by Associate Dean Phillip McIntosh. The course will also be available by synchronous distance learning. The Comparative Law course is not mandatory, but highly recommended for students who have not previously had Comparative Law prior to the summer program in France or in Germany.

LAW 521 – Comparative Law

Credits, 2 sem. hrs.

This course provides a survey of Comparative Law with a focus on the Civil Law and Common Law legal traditions. Topics covered include the history of each tradition, the structures of government and court systems, legal education, the roles played by legal actors, civil and criminal procedure, and sources of law as well as interpretive practices. The course also considers selected problems in comparative constitutional law. Among the topics discussed are: comparative individual rights and liberties, including the rights of the accused, constitutional entrenchment, the structure and procedure used by constitutional courts, foundational case narratives, separation of powers in comparative perspective, and federalism in comparative perspective.

This course will be taught by Associate Dean McIntosh of MC Law.

The courses to be taught in France:

LAW 739 - International and Comparative Contracts and Sales Law

Credits, 2 sem. hrs.

This course examines both the civil law approach to contracts in comparison to American contracts law, with a focus on sales law, and the laws governing international sales. Topics will include an introduction to sales in civil law jurisdictions, the United Nations Sales Convention (CSIG), UNIDROIT “Principles,” choice of law applicable to international sales contracts, the formation of international sales contracts, performance of international sales contracts, and remedies (non-judicial and judicial).

This course will be taught by Associate Dean McIntosh of MC Law  and Professor Michael Ottley, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Greenwich (U.K.) and Visiting Professor at the Université Catholique de Lille, Faculté libre de Droit.

Dean McIntosh’s biography may be viewed here.

Professor Ottley’s biography may be viewed here

LAW 738 – International and Comparative Competition Law

Credits, 2 sem. hrs.

This course analyses compares competition/antitrust law regimes in the USA and the European Union.  The course will include analysis of legal and economic concepts of competition and a comparative examination of specific issues and selected significant areas of competition/antitrust law.  Areas of study may include prohibiting agreements or practices that restrict free trading and competition between businesses, banning abusive behavior by a firm dominating a market, or anti-competitive practices that tend to lead to such a dominant position and supervising the mergers and acquisitions of large corporations.

This course will be taught by an MC Law professor to be announced and Professor Jindrich Kloub.

Professor Kloub is a lawyer with over 9 years of:  service with the European Commission, DG Competition, Brussels, Belgium, and a Visiting Professor at the Université Catholique de Lille, Faculté libre de Droit, since 2010, teaching courses in EU Competition Law. He holds degrees in law from Columbia Law School (LL.M.) and Charles University in Prague.

Final class schedules for each course will be announced at a later date.  Classes, however, will generally meet weekday mornings.

All standard MC Law rules for class attendance, participation and grading will apply to these two courses. Please refer to the MC Law 2016 – 2017 Academic Year Catalog for details.  Grades will be letter grades and determined by final exams and class participation.

Further information on MC Law grading may be found here

Visiting students should note that acceptance of any credit for the courses is subject to determination by your home law school.