Categories: International and Comparative Law Business, Corporate, Commercial Law

Climate Change, Human Rights & the Environment

Course Page for Fall 2018 - Atapattu, Sumudu

Description of the seminar:

The link between climate change and human rights has received considerable attention in recent years. Increased calls for the inclusion of human rights in climate agreements culminated in the inclusion of a reference to human rights in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted by the international community in December 2015. This seminar will discuss the link between climate change and human rights, the pros and cons of using a human rights approach and the specific challenges that climate change poses to the international legal system such as the disappearance of states, migration and adjudication. It will also discuss the plight of vulnerable populations especially, indigenous peoples and climate “refugees.”

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the students would have acquired:

• An understanding of the relationship between environmental degradation, climate change and human rights;
• An understanding of the pros and cons of using a human rights approach to climate change;
• Knowledge of the relevant international law principles and mechanisms applicable to global climate change;
• Knowledge of how a claim under international human rights law can be brought for damage caused by environmental issues in general and climate change in particular; and
• An understanding of the linkages with other areas such as economic development, poverty, socio-economic rights, and sustainable development.

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International Commercial Arbitration

Course Page for Fall 2019 - Yackee, Jason

This course provides a hands-on, experiential introduction to international commercial arbitration, the most important means of resolving international commercial disputes. Anyone interested in business law and practice or international law should consider taking this course.

The course integrates traditional classroom teaching with a substantial skills-development component. The course is organized around the Vis Moot Arbitration contest, a premier international student moot. If you would like to participate in the Vis Moot Arbitration, you must first take this course. Try-outs for the Vis will be integrated into the course.

During the first month of the fall semester we will examine in detail the rules governing international commercial arbitration. Then, in October and November, students will break out into litigation teams and each team will be responsible for researching and writing a professional-quality claimant's memorandum based on the current problem for the Vis Moot Arbitration contest. Finally, each litigation team will argue a portion of its brief orally to a panel of student "arbitrators". Students will receive three credits for the course.  The course is mandatory for students who wish to try out for UW Law School's official Vis team, which competes in the Vis contest in Vienna and Hong Kong during the spring semester.

NEW TO THIS YEAR: Lectures will be based around an inexpensive arbitration hornbook, rather than a traditional casebook, saving the students substantial money.

Learning Outcomes:

1. The student will be able to draft a high-quality, enforceable arbitration clause, suitable to govern an international commercial dispute;
2. The student will be able to conduct research (identifying relevant arbitral awards and scholarly commentary) on international commercial arbitration using the UW law library and the Kluwer Arbitration online resource;
3. The student will be able to draft a high-quality legal argument in the style and formatting of the Vis Moot Arbitration contest.

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International Environmental Law

Course Page for Spring 2018 - Atapattu, Sumudu

We have now entered the geological epoch called the Anthropocene in which human beings have become the major player in affecting the global environment. The unabated quest for economic development and the over-exploitation of natural resources have given rise environmental degradation and created new environmental problems such as ozone depletion, climate change and disposal of hazardous waste which have repercussions for the health of people and the planet. This seminar will discuss the root causes of global environmental problems, the international legal framework and principles, and the role of sustainable development in addressing these environmental issues. It will discuss specific international environmental issues such as biodiversity, movement of hazardous waste, climate change and international trade as well as governance mechanisms, the role of non-state actors and dispute resolution.

Learning outcomes - Upon completion of this course, the students would have acquired:
1. An understanding of the role of international law in protecting the global environment;
2. Knowledge of existing international mechanisms and law in protecting different segments of the environment;
3. An understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental protection and linkages with issues such as economic development, poverty, trade and investment, and socio-economic rights
4. Knowledge of the role of sustainable development in addressing intersecting issues.

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Vis Competition

Course Page for Spring 2019 - Yackee, Jason

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