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

Course Description
This writing seminar provides students with the opportunity to do research and writing in the areas of American Constitutional law, Comparative Criminal Law and International Criminal Law. In 2004, revelations that the American government had approved the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" as a tool in its conduct of the War on Terror triggered a series of responses -- governmental and non-governmental, domestic and international. Drawing on a range of materials, including Congressional hearings, U.S. Supreme Court cases, Office of Legal Counsel opinions, key decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ad hoc tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, International Human Rights Investigations and Reports, as well as documentary films, the seminar will provide the raw materials with which to explore the implications of the torture scandal for the future of American Constitutional government and a world order of human dignity in light of the original intent of this country's Founders. Students interested in pursuing careers in criminal law, international criminal law, international relations, human rights and national security will find the course a useful vehicle for developing an integrated understanding of the way these fields interconnect. Prior reading of the Federalist Papers is desirable but not required.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-14-2017 - 11-21-2017   R  3:30 PM-6:20 PM A216B

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: Students may take this course to satisfy their upper level writing requirement, but the length of their paper and number of drafts must comply with guidelines established for meeting such requirement. Course is capped at 15 students. Class size limited to 15 students
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-4050
Office: G269