Course and Exam Schedules
Once enrolled, you will be notified in late April of the procedures for course registration. You may enroll in a maximum of three credit hours of classes.
This list is subject to change or cancellation depending on sufficient enrollment and availability of faculty members; no prerequisites unless otherwise indicated; any changes will be reflected on this page.
China Intellectual Property Law & Policy, 1 credit, He Jing (LAW 74134)
This course is designed to provide the students with a unique opportunity to examine several key areas of the China IP laws and policies – online IP enforcement, trade secret protection, patent litigations, standards-setting IP policy, IP related antitrust violations. Through the discussions of key concepts, leading cases and real war stories, the course will demystify what is going on within the China legal system and enable the students to approach China related legal and policy issues.
Comparative Competition Law, 1 credit, Bauer (LAW 74118). With a principal focus on American antitrust law, this course will also consider several other competition law regimes, including those of the European Union, individual European countries, Japan and China. The course will address the policies underlying competition law, along with consideration both of substantive doctrine and enforcement mechanisms. Course materials will include both leading antitrust cases and secondary sources.
Comparative Privacy and Data Protection Law, 1 credit, McGeveran (LAW 74134 ). This course considers data protection and privacy law, particularly emphasizing an international and comparative perspective that encompasses law in the US and in EU member states. The European and American approaches to the regulation of personal information can differ sharply, and these differences illuminate assumptions embedded in each regime. Students will learn about the fundamental legal rules governing the handling of that information, including constitutional law, tort law, and statutory or administrative regulation.
The Origins & Development of Copyright Law, 1 credit, Lauriat (LAW 74128). This course reviews the history of copyright law, beginning before its inception and following its expansion in scope, subject matter, and international recognition up to the Berne Convention—with a particular focus on Britain and the United States. Students will review a mix of primary and secondary sources to learn about the foundations of modern day copyright legal regimes. They will also read relevant historiography and be encouraged to view works of copyright history critically, considering the ways in which copyright’s past may alter our conception of the present law.
Trademarks and Geographical Indications, 1 credit, McKenna (LAW 74137). In an era of globalization and rapid advances in manufacturing technology, the regulation of terms that indicate or once indicated the geographic origin of goods or services—champagne, burgundy, parmesan, feta—has become increasingly controversial. This course offers an introduction to the law of geographical indications. We will cover contrasting European and American approaches to protecting GIs, the impact of international treaties, conflicts between GIs and trademarks, the broader cultural implications of GI protection, and the current prospects for compromise.
Casebook and text materials for all courses will be available for purchase in London bookshops and at the Law Centre.