Courses for 2020
Courses that are marked with a (*) are mandatory.
The courses of the Columbia Summer Program 2020 are to be confirmed. Below are the courses of 2019.
Litigation and Mood Court* - Professor Olati Johnson
The Litigation and Moot Court course will introduce students to the principles of American civil litigation. Students will examine relevant rules and discuss cases that flesh out those rules. They will also have the opportunity to develop trial skills though the presentation of evidence, examination of witnesses and presentation of oral arguments in the context of a mock trial.
Corporate Law* - Professor Joshua Mitts
This course considers selected topics in United States corporation law. The topics center around the role of law in structuring the relationships among shareholders, management, and other stakeholders in modern business corporations. In addition to introducing students to the relevant bodies of law, the course may address the business and policy considerations at stake in various contexts.
International Arbitration - Professor Rob Smit
This course will examine, from both a theoretical and practical perspective, several of the foundational characteristics and procedures of international commercial arbitration. The course will provide US and comparatist perspectives on select topics ranging from the defining characteristics of international arbitration as a form of dispute resolution, the "separability" and "autonomy" of the arbitration agreement, the hybrid civil law-common law model of "discovery" in arbitration, and the role of the international arbitrator in determining and applying applicable law in international arbitration. The course is designed both as an introduction to international arbitration for students with no prior background in the field, as well as a platform for deeper and comparatist thought on difficult recurring issues in international for students with background in the field. Reading materials for the course will be provided.
Tax Policiy and Law - Professor Alex Raskolnikov
This course will introduce students to fundamental issues of U.S. federal income taxation, including the choice of tax base, the extent of redistribution, the choice of taxpaying unit, tax incidence, imputed income, and tax arbitrage. It will also give students a taste of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence, and the academic critique of judicial decisions and statutory choices reflected in the U.S. tax law. All of the key concepts and choices to be discussed are not U.S.-specific.
Contract Law* - Professor Ed Morrison
This course introduces the common law approach to contract law. We explore judicial theories of promise-making, contract formation and interpretation, remedies for breach, and excuses. We will identify the contours of "ideal" contract law and assess the extent to which American law departs from the ideal.
Constitutional Law* - Professor Jeremy Kessler
This course explores the basic structure of the United States Constitution; judicial review; separation of powers;federalism; Congressional power; freedom of speech, press and religion; equal protection; and, privacy.
Labor Law and International Trade - Professor Mark Barenberg
In the United States today, the intersection of labor law and international trade law is a major, controversial political issue, in light of President Donald Trump's historic turn to a protectionist trade policy, his trade war with China, and the nationalist turn taken by other countries, exemplified by Brexit in the United Kingdom. One of Trump's signature policies is to protect American workers (and manufacturers) against imports produced by low-wage labor in foreign countries. This course will examine the domestic U.S. labor laws and U.S. international trade treaties and trade legislation that are at stake, and how those laws and treaties interact. It will also look at so-called "private regulatory systems" of U.S. multinational corporations that promulgate their own codes of conduct setting labor and environmental standards in their global operations.
Property Law - Professor Kendall Thomas
Participants will be provided with readers. Study materials will be distributed upon arrival.
Before attending the Program, participants are advised to read: