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(June 2-5, 2014)
Foundations of International Human Rights Law and Advocacy (1 credit)
Instructor: Timothy Floyd, Mercer
This course will explore the theory and the historical evolution of modern human rights law and the role of that history and theory in human rights advocacy. We will begin with how the categories of "humanity" and “rights” arose in medieval and early modern Europe and we will trace that development through the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Revolutions (particularly the American and French Revolutions). We will then explore how the idea of universal human rights became widespread since 1945, and we will study the development of international treaties and covenants and the institutions and processes designed to enforce those human rights.
We will use the history of Spain as a case study for the history developed above. Medieval Spain had a relative degree of tolerance and pluralism among Muslims, Jews, and Christians, but that pluralism disappeared after 1492; Muslims and Jews lacked any rights in Catholic Spain. From the 16th through the mid-twentieth century Spain resisted the modern trend toward human rights, but after 1978 Spain has shown remarkable progress toward human rights and pluralism, so that currently Spain is a champion of human rights in the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Granada, with its central role in Spanish history, is an ideal location for this historical study.
Finally, we will explore international human rights advocacy and the role of history and theory in contemporary human rights advocacy. In the course of pursuing human rights, advocates have expanded and debated what we understand as “human rights.” We will examine how proponents of human rights use the historical and theoretical tools available to them to advance their cause.
(June 9-12, 2014)
International Justice (1 Credit)
Instructor: Areto Imoukhuede, Nova Southeastern
This course explores the efficacy of international criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, and reparations programs in the context of recent human rights atrocities involving state-sponsored chemical and biological warfare, genocide; as well as the ongoing carnage sponsored by multinational corporations seeking to maximize profit at the expense of human life. The course will specifically focus on the application of international human rights conventions and treaties to prosecutions in The Hague and explore the possibility of an expanded role for international courts in coordinating and enforcing of alternative international justice remedies done through commissions and reparations.
Students will synthesize rules, policy, and theory regarding international courts, tribunals, and other international organizations; human rights; and international trade law. This course will push students to evaluate the usefulness of current international remedies and prepare them for a role as future advocates for creating a more just international justice system.
(June 16-19, 2014)
Comparative Advocacy in Elder Law (1 credit)
Instructors: Roberta Flowers and Rebecca Morgan, Stetson
Almost 10,000 people in the US are turning 65 every day. This aging of the population is not unique to the US, however. Many countries are facing myriad issues regarding aging populations at all levels of government and society. Some countries have started to look at aging as a human right. The UN is looking at a draft convention now, following up the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. The Organization of American States is also considering action regarding the human rights of older persons. This course will cover these developments as well and look at how countries have addressed the issues of aging . As well, this course will examine the issues, laws and solutions from around the world and teach the students how to be advocates for their clients.
(June 23-26, 2014)
The Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework: Towards A True European Single Market (1 credit)
Instructor: Sylvia Alonso Salterain, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
The focus of this course will be on the general issue of the EU Digital agenda. The object of this course will be to explain the liberalisation that took place in the 90s and how this was a revolution both at the market level and at the institutional level in the national Member States. The course will also reflect on the second wave of regulation, to respond adequately to the technological convergence. Finally, the third wave would be explained, as recently proposed by the European Commission to achieve a real European Single Market. The instructor’s first-hand experience in Brussels, at the national regulatory Authority in Spain when established, as the first secretary of IRG (European Group of Regulators) and in Telecom Italia in Rome, could be useful to enlighten the theory.
Passports and Visas
Passports are required for travel to countries outside the United States and are the responsibility of each participant. Information and forms are available at your local U.S. courthouse or at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport.
Visas are not required of U.S. citizens traveling to Spain for this four-week program.
Please arrange your travels so that you arrive between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Our local provider will provide transportation for students arriving during this timeframe from the airport to the housing location. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. Many airlines offer discounted airfares if bookings are made well in advance of departure.
Important exam information: The examination will not be given on-site in the country in which the program is held. Instead, the examination will be sent to you by email at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST on the last day of class of the program. You will have until 11:59 p.m. EST on the following Friday (approximately eight days) to complete the examination. Please note that the time zone used is EST, or the current time in Gulfport, Fla., and not the time zone in which you may be taking the examination. You may complete the examination at any time during this period. However, once you open each examination, you will only have one (1) hour in which to complete, and submit, the examination to the Registrar at Stetson at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to access the examination you will need to use the Stetson email account assigned to you. You may use your class notes, and any materials used in class, but you may not consult with any other person in completing the examination.
Cultures, Habits and Attire
Different Cultures and Habits
The cultures and habits of the host countries may differ significantly from those in the United States. A good example of these differences is evidenced by differing attitudes towards smoking. While many restrictions on smoking in hotels, restaurants and public places exist in the United States, few such restrictions exist in many of our host countries. Stetson University College of Law is not able to require American-style restrictions on smoking in the facilities it uses in its summer abroad programs.
As part of the study abroad experience you may visit one, or more, courts, international tribunals or organizations, NGOs, or governmental agency. These visits are a required part of the study abroad experience, and attendance is required for the awarding of academic credit. You must be properly attired for these visits. You therefore are expected to bring business attire with you. Proper business attire includes either a suit, or jacket along with ties for males, and comparable attire for females. Please do not chew gum while on these visits as this is considered rude.
Academic Program - Granada, Spain
classroom in GranadaAll students will be enrolled in four separate one-credit hour courses that focus on comparative and international law issues. Classes will generally meet during the mornings, Monday-Thursday, leaving afternoons and three-day weekends free for social events and travel. The class will meet on one Friday to visit legal institutions, such as Spanish courts and other legal institutions.
The classroom at the Universidad de Granada (AULA 22 DEL AULARIO DE DERECHO) is conveniently located within walking distance to student and faculty housing.
The Universidad de Granada provides Stetson with administrative office space at AULA ARANZADI.
Stetson's Institute for Comparative and International Law provides a comprehensive study of comparative and international law issues. All course instruction will be in English.
The course includes the following modules:
Foundations of International Human Rights Law and Advocacy
(Timothy Floyd, Mercer)
International Justice (Areto Imoukhuede, Nova)
Comparative Advocacy in Elder Law (Roberta Flowers and Rebecca Morgan, Stetson)
The Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework: Towards A True European Single Market (Sylvia Alonso Salterain, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain)
See Courses for a more complete description of the classes offered.