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261.7 sec. 001 - Disputes with Sovereigns (Spring 2020)

Instructor: David Bowker  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-04-02

    F 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-04-03

    F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-04-03

    Sa 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-04-04

    Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-04-04

Course Start: April 02, 2020
Course End: April 04, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 31939
Class Number: 31939

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 50
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course will cover a range of U.S. and international law issues concerning disputes with sovereigns. It will begin with an overview of basic concepts under public international law, including the legal status, rights, and duties of sovereigns toward their own nationals and foreign nationals, with particular focus on investor-state and commercial disputes. The course will also focus on foreign sovereign immunity with the goal of giving students a solid foundation regarding the practice of international litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). Students should expect to gain a nuanced understanding of the various exceptions to immunity under the FSIA and public international law, as well as a broader comparative understanding of certain foreign laws on immunity. We will also cover bilateral investment treaties and investor-state arbitrations under the framework of the International Centre on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), including key rights, duties, theories of liability, and a range of landmark cases. The course will conclude with an overview of sovereign-related disputes in other international venues, including the International Court of Justice, state-to-state disputes, United Nations tribunals, and the World Trade Organization.

This class will meet
Thursday, April 2nd, from 6:25-9:05pm
Friday, April 3rd, from 10am-12:30PM and 3:10-6:10pm
Saturday, April 4th, from 10am-12:30PM and 2:10-5:10pm

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
This is a credit only course
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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