Categories: International and Comparative Law

Instructor(s) Irish, Charles

As its name implies, the Seminar on Legal Issues Affecting
North America and East Asia will focus on contemporary
topics involving Russian or East Asia economic,
political, social or legal relations with the US.
The first formal session of the seminar will be on Wednesday, March 23, 2011,
at 6:30 PM at which we will discuss the current state of economic and legal
relations between the US and East Asia. I expect to explore such topics as Sino-American
economic relations, including the issue of the undervalued Rmb and the US
policy of QE2, China’s
relations with its neighbors as a result of the maritime disputes in the East
and South China
Seas, and the tense environment on
the Korean Peninsula,
but events between now and then may make these topics obsolete.    As in past years, the heart of the seminar will be five
videoconferences with students and faculty of Far Eastern National University
in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far
East. The format of the five sessions, March 30, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 in Madison,
will involve a live link-up with FENU beginning at 7:00 PM (10:00 AM,
Thursday morning in Vladivostok).
Each of the five sessions consists of an initial presentation originating in
either Madison or Vladivostok
and followed by questions and discussions from both sides. The seminar is
conducted in English.   The course will be taught in Madison
by Professor Charles Irish and in Vladivostok
by Professor Natalia Prisekina.   The course will be offered for 2 credits. The course
requirements are attendance and active participation in the five
videoconferences and a 20 page research paper on a topic related to North
America and/or East Asia. Although the
first formal session of the seminar will be on March 23, work on the paper
should begin at the beginning of the spring semester and proceed according to
the following schedule:

Friday, February 4: selection of
paper topic. 
Friday, February18: 1 ??" 2 page
outline with a listing of the major sources.   
Wednesday, March 30: First draft
of the paper.  
Wednesday, April 27: Final draft
of the paper.

Students interested in the course should contact Professor
Irish by email at and
explain briefly why you are interested in the course. Because of the
videoconference format, admission to the course will be limited to 12 students.


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