University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2017

Course Description
This course focuses on the legal and policy frameworks for cross-border investment, in the context of the global debate over globalization. The course considers the life cycle of foreign investment by examining contractual models (privatization, concessions and project finance), risk mitigation through investment protections, the resolution of commercial and investment disputes and corresponding techniques in complex negotiations and crisis management. There is a particular focus on strategic economic sectors such as energy, infrastructure and transportation, and the role of the public and private sectors. The course includes an historical focus related to legal and macroeconomic policies since the end of the Cold War, and the contemporary debate over globalization and treaty systems, including Brexit, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and related issues at the center of legal and policy debates. The course utilizes investment arbitration decisions as case studies for analyzing investment and development, and relies on secondary sources as well. The course also focuses on case studies and first-hand experience of the professor with high profile investments and international disputes in Latin America and worldwide.

Course requirements include class participation, a negotiation exercise, a brief commentary essay, and an end-of-semester essay focused on an investment case study. The class may include outside guest speakers who are highly experienced individuals in international investment participating in person or by teleconference.

Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-26-2017 - 03-09-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
01-26-2017 - 03-09-2017   R  5:30 PM-7:20 PM F309

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Compressed Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None