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International Law Emphasis

Hamline's International Law concentration provides students with the skills to practice in a global setting. This training is preparation for careers in international trade and commerce, litigation, politics, and diplomacy. The Twin Cities' vibrant international business community provides an excellent setting for the study of international law. In addition, the LLM program for foreign lawyers brings to Hamline students trained in other countries, further enriching the international experience. Students interested in an emphasis in this area can choose courses from the following recommended courses.

Recommended Courses

International Law (3 credits)

Examines basic principles of international law, including the jurisdiction of states, making and the effect of treaties, recognition of governments, nationality of persons and corporations, extradition, expropriation, international legal forums, the law of war and the United Nations. A survey of international economic law is also included.

International Business Transactions (3 credits)

Examines international business issues involving the export sale of goods, letters of credit in financing exports sales, and resolution of international commercial disputes, including alternative forms and enforcement of judgments, tariffs on the importation of goods, customs classification and valuation, antidumping and countervailing duties, national restrictions on the export of goods and technology, and international transfer of technology. Also covers franchising and agreements for the transfer of "know-how", foreign direct investment in developed and developing countries and doing business in the European Economic Community and with non-market economies.

Conflict of Laws (3 credits)

The rules applied by courts in resolving cases involving transactions or occurrences with relationship to more than one jurisdiction. Emphasis on selection of appropriate rules where the laws of the jurisdictions differ. Also studies is recognition of judgments of other states; limitations imposed on state courts by federal law.

Comparative Law (3 credits)

Comparative study of the origins, development, and characteristics of the world's major legal systems, with emphasis on civil law systems.

Admiralty (3 credits)

Introduces maritime law, including admiralty jurisdiction and selected topics of maritime law such as maritime liens, injuries to seamen, general average, carriage of goods, salvage, collision, and limitation of liability.