International Courses

Wake Forest Law School has many courses focusing on international law, open to LL.M. and J.D. students. Below are a list of courses that focus on International Law or have an international component:

  • 417 – Art and Cultural Property Law (3 hours)*
    The class will survey current issues in the law of art and cultural property including: defining art and cultural property; an artist’s rights in a work of art; the international trade of art and measures to limit that trade; the fate of art works in wartime; repatriation of art and antiquities; the role, structure and duties of museums; and other topics. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, students will also visit Reynolda House and other museums and galleries. Students will be evaluated based on quizzes, shorter papers written in response to readings, transactional drafting exercise(s), and a final exam, and have the option of completing a research paper to satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement. Pre-requisite for LLM students: civil procedure (for choice of law issues).
    * This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.
  • 529 – Aviation Law (2 hours)
    A study of airport law, governmental liability, litigation management, air carrier liability, and economic regulation of airlines both domestic and international. Offered in alternate years.
  • 551 – Admiralty Law (3 hours)
    An examination of the procedural and substantive aspects of United States admiralty practice and jurisdiction. Offered in alternate years.
  • 602 – Civil Law Tradition (2 hours)
    This course traces the development of European civil law systems from their common source in Roman law and legal science to modern civil codes (in particular the Austrian, French, German, Swiss, and Dutch). The course will also examine the ongoing process of harmonization and unification of private law in the European Union.
  • 590 – Comparative Constitutional Law (3 hours)
    This course will explore questions central to public law issues in the United States and across the world. It will consider the purposes for which constitutions are established, and the processes of constitution-making and constitutional change.
  • 583 – Comparative Law (2 hours)
    This course introduces comparative methods of legal analysis, with a focus on the “civil law tradition” in Latin America. Study includes the development of the civil law tradition in Europe, the spread of that tradition to Latin America, and particular topics of Latin American law. Weekly graded papers; no final exam.
  • 403 – Conflict of Laws (3 hours)
    A study of the choice of law rules applicable where at least one of the operative facts in a case is connected with some state or country other than the one in which suit is brought.
  • 572 – European Union Law (2 hours)
    A survey of the significant laws and policies of the European Community, including the legal and institutional framework, the internal market, competition and environmental laws and an overview of external relations and commercial policy.
  • 577 – International Business Transactions (2 hours)*
    A study of a wide range of international transactions, including marketing of goods and services; license or transfer of technology; joint ventures; finance and governmental regulation. Various multi-lateral initiatives, such as the Vienna Convention on contracts for the sale of goods, will be discussed.
    * This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.
  • 504 – International Civil Litigation and Arbitration Seminar (3 hours)
    This seminar surveys international civil litigation, primarily from a U.S. perspective, choice of law in transnational cases, and international commercial arbitration practice and procedure.
  • 627 – International Criminal Law (2 hours)*
    This class exposes students to the concepts and enforcement of international criminal law (human rights law; humanitarian law, and the influence of the common law and civil law traditions on international criminal law). Students will explore war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and other international/transnational crimes, such as acts of terrorism. The class also explores the development of national, international and hybrid mechanisms for international criminal law enforcement, including international criminal tribunals and national prosecution.
    * This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.
  • 564 – Immigration Law (3 hours)
    A survey of immigration law and policy, including the criteria for admission and exclusion, the substantive and procedural rights of aliens, and the current immigration issues faced by employers, businesses, and all of society.
  • 656 – International Environmental Law (2 hours)*
    This seminar will examine and assess the legal regimes nations have developed to address international and global environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion, marine pollution, and the extinction of species.
    * This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.
  • 592 – International Human Rights (2 hours)*
    The course will examine the international law of human rights from a moral as well as from a legal perspective.
    * This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.
  • 501 – International Law (3 hours)
    An examination of the nature of international law, sources and evidence of international law and agreements, and international dispute resolution, including the use of force.
  • 654 – International Trade Law (2 hours)*
    This course will examine the legal framework that governs international economic relations, including in particular international trade in goods. It will discuss the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and NAFTA, looking not only at how the international rules work, but also at how they conflict with or complement efforts to protect other goals, such as protecting labor rights and the environment. There is no prerequisite.
    * This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.
  • 655 – Law and Terrorism (2 hours)*
    This seminar examines the complex array of legal and policy issues generated by the phenomenon of terrorism, with an emphasis on post-9/11 developments. Topics likely to be addressed include: the scope of federal criminal laws relating to terrorism (and constitutional concerns raised by some such laws); the nature of the FBI’s investigative authorities (and constitutional concerns that they raise); the regulation of intelligence-gathering and other activities conducted by other government agencies; the use of military force in connection with counterterrorism policy (including the full array of constitutional, international, and statutory issues raised by Guantanamo, military detentions, targeted killings, and war crime trials); and issues associated with interrogation.
    * This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.
  • 575 – Internet Law (3 hours)
    This course examines the legal issues associated with the Internet. Among other topics, the course covers the regulation of Internet access and domain names; contract formation, execution and enforceability; personal jurisdiction and choice of law; trademark and copyright infringement; and privacy concerns.
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  • 517 – Sales, Leases, Transactions and International Sales (3 hours)
    A study of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and related topics.
  • 542 – Taxation: International Tax (3 hours)
    A study of United States taxation of United States citizens and corporations earning income abroad and United States taxation of foreign corporations and citizens earning income in the United States. Prerequisite: Taxation: Federal Income Taxation.