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261.7 sec. 001 - Disputes with Sovereigns (Spring 2021)

Instructor: David Bowker  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2021-02-25

F 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2021-02-26

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2021-02-26

Sa 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2021-02-27

Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2021-02-27

Course Start: February 25, 2021
Course End: February 27, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32055
Class Number: 32055

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 31
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 32
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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 over the course of three days:
Thursday, February 25th 6:25PM-9:00PM
Friday, February 26th 10AM-12:30PM and 3:10PM-6:10PM
Saturday, February 27th 10AM-12:30PM and 2:10PM-5:10PM

Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: International and Comparative Law

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