Photograph: Students from a previous Barbados program.

Course Descriptions

Courses offered for the 2020 program are:

  • International Law of Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution (pending faculty approval)

International Law of Indigenous Peoples

Professors Tonya Kowalski and David Berry (3 credits, May 25-June 11).

This course will explore international human rights law through the example of Indigenous peoples. The course introduces students to the basic international human rights regime within the United Nations and other organizations. The course is key for any student interested in practicing energy law or intellectual property, as a great portion of human rights claims involve exploitation of Indigenous natural resources, genetic data, medical knowledge, and art forms. More generally, students will study how international law does—or does not—operate as legal authority in U.S. cases, as well as how to develop an international legal strategy for clients whose human rights claims are not well-recognized domestically. In government law, the materials will deepen knowledge about how national sovereignty operates in a globalizing world. Finally, students will gain broadened perspectives important for representing clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution

(The official description and faculty for this course are pending approval by the law faculty on February 18, 2020.)

Associate Dean Shawn Leisinger and Ms. Maria Phillips (3 credits, June 15-July 2).

This course will provide a unique blend of doctrine and skills, including the theory and practice of international alternative dispute resolution. Topics will include client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and hybrid dispute resolution processes. In addition to learning the theory and law of alternative dispute resolutions, students will engage in simulated exercises that will highlight the distinctions between the various alternative dispute resolution techniques. Special attention will be paid to alternative dispute resolution within an international/Caribbean context.

Photograph: Ian Tomasic.

"Barbados was one of the best experiences of my life. I've travelled abroad before but I had never "lived" in a foreign country for an extended period of time. It was more fun and more culturally eye-opening than I ever could have imagined. I would go back in a heartbeat." - Ian Tomasic, '13