International, Comparative, and Foreign Law

Comparative Privacy Law

Discussion – 2 hours. This course surveys approaches to privacy regulation around the globe, including a comparison of regulatory frameworks and different policy solutions. The course also introduces the major international privacy regulatory and enforcement institutions. Core lecturing will focus on the European General Data Protection Regulation and how it compares with US law.

Comparative Criminal Justice

Seminar - 3 hours. This seminar explores the ways political units in different countries attempt to maintain social order and advance criminal justice. Students examine the people, policies, and institutions responsible for adjudicating alleged criminal law violations around the globe. They also learn about how rules of professional responsibility and legal ethics guide the behavior of the institutional actors who participate in these criminal processes.

Animal Law Seminar

Seminar - 2 hours.  Elective course for Environmental Law Certificate Program.  This course will survey the law’s understanding and treatment of animals by looking at the development of federal and state policies toward wild, captive, farmed, and companion animals.

Reforming the Police and Criminal Justice

Seminar - 2 hours. Focus on major current criminal justice issues: policing ethnic neighborhoods; use of deadly force; methods of pre-trial release; modernizing the work of prosecutors and defense counsel.

Graduation Requirements: May satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
Final Assessment: Paper, Class participation.

Immigration Law and Procedure

Discussion - 3 hours. This course covers U.S. laws, policies and practices pertaining to migrants including the regulation of their exclusion, admission and removal from the United States, and, as to some, their naturalization as U.S. citizens. These topics will be covered historically and to the present from various perspectives, including constitutional law, administrative law, ethics and morality, national security, economics, and human rights. You will engage in constitutional and statutory written analysis as part of your grade. 

Immigration Law Clinic

The Immigration Law Clinic (ILC) provides legal representation to indigent non-citizens in removal proceedings before U.S. Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts,including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ILC provides this necessary service to Northern California's immigrant communities, offering education and legal services to low-income immigrants facing deportation while enabling students to gain practical, real-world experience.

International Business Transactions

Discussion - 2 hours. A consideration of select legal problems arising from international business transactions. Transactions covered include transnational sales, licensing of intellectual property, joint ventures, dispute settlement mechanisms, and the impact of international trade and regional agreements (NAFTA) on international business.

Final Assessment:
Take-home exam

International Environmental Law

Discussion - 3 hours. Elective Course for Environmental Law Certificate Program. Prior course work in environmental law and/or international law is helpful. This course provides an overview of the structure and basic principles of international environmental law and policy. The course considers the challenge of addressing global environmental problems in a system characterized by multiple sovereign governments, the regulatory limitations of U.S.

International Human Rights

Discussion - 2 hours.  This seminar will provide an overview of the international legal and institutional system for the protection of human rights.  We will look at the material both from an academic perspective and from the point of view of the human rights practitioner, tackling difficult theoretical issues in the field as well as assessing the practical strengths and weaknesses of human rights law.  The course requirements include a seminar paper (which can fulfill the writing requirement), a final presentation, ongoing participation and serving as a discussant during the course of the