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Courses Offered in 2017

Budapest: Regional Trade Organizations, International Business Transactions, Case Studies in Crossborder Litigation, Warsaw: European Union Law, Comparative Legal Systems, Mergers and Acquisitions - please select dates and venue from the drop down list below to get further information

Distance Learning Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments The course may be commenced at any time in the academic year and entails eight weeks of assignments (lectures, documents. videos, and audios). Open to all students admitted to and registered for the LL.M. Program.

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Corporate Finance

Mary Fontaine/Mark Anderson Mary Fontaine, Senior Counsel in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown, having served for over 20 years as a partner in the Finance practice. Mary’s skill at adapting to changes in the capital markets is reflected in the range of transaction types for which she was engaged over the years. Mark Anderson served as a law firm associate, in-house counsel, and law firm partner. His practice covered a wide variety of subject areas, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, secured and unsecured lending, structured finance and bank regulation. He has more than 30 years of practice experience. He is a member of the Georgia State Bar and the Illinois State Bar.

Survey of United States Commercial Law

Joseph Hetrick Retired Partner Decherts LLP, Philadephia who has represented Philip Morris, Baxter Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, to name just a few. He is vice chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Education and Publication Committee, and an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law.

Private International Law

Miklós Király Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest; Head of Department of Private International Law and European Economic Relations; Director, European Research and Documentation Centre and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; Member, Governing Council of UNIDROIT.

Recognition of Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
Distance Learning component

Dennis Campbell Dennis Campbell, Director of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, since 1974. Adjunct Professor at ELTE law school in Budapest (2007-present) and BU Law (2013-present); prior to that Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School in Boston (2003-2014) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (1998-2001). From 1976 to 1987 he was Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has served as co-editor or editor of over a dozen books and monographs for Juris and West Publishing related in international law.

Introduction to American Law
Distance Learning component

Dennis Campbell Dennis Campbell, Director of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, since 1974. Adjunct Professor at ELTE law school in Budapest (2007-present) and BU Law (2013-present); prior to that Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School in Boston (2003-2014) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (1998-2001). From 1976 to 1987 he was Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has served as co-editor or editor of over a dozen books and monographs for Juris and West Publishing related in international law.

International Mergers and Acquisitions
This course will explore the various modes of business acquisition including statutory mergers, asset purchases, and stock purchases and, for each type of business combination, will examine (1) the strategic and practical advantages and disadvantages, (2) the statutory requirements and procedures, (3) the documentation required or suggested, and (4) the relevant case law. The course looks at the practical aspects of the business lawyer’s role in structuring the transaction, in identifying, explaining and negotiating the business/legal terms, in negotiating the acquisition agreements, and in getting the deal done. The course materials will consist of traditional statutory and case materials, explanatory materials, and legal documents, such as letters of intent, confidentiality agreements, merger agreements, etc. The course will use U.S. materials (particularly the law of Delaware) as base materials, but will also consider trans-border transactions.

John D. Sullivan Dr. Sullivan is an expert in health care policy, finance, and asset valuation. Prior to joining Boston University, he worked for Fresenius Medical Care, completing the acquisitions of over one hundred health care companies with an estimated value of over $5 billion. In 2008, Sullivan co-founded Reliant Renal Care with private equity funding. He has provided strategic guidance for many of the largest health care organizations in the United States. Sullivan presently teaches mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, investments, and financial markets and institutions.

International Arbitration
The old maxim “where business goes, disputes soon follow” has renewed vitality in an age of globalization. As cross-border commerce follows American business abroad, and offshore foreign investment flows into the U.S., the potential for clashes in the business expectations of the parties increases, particularly as the economy softens. Dispute resolution thus becomes an almost inescapable component of today’s private international commercial dispute process. The focus of the course will be on international arbitration, from inception in the contractual drafting through the mechanics of the dispute resolution process to the enforcement stage, with some consideration of other alternative dispute resolution techniques. The original case studies and related materials are largely drawn from actual practice. This course is designed for corporate attorneys as well as litigators.

Philip D. O’Neill, Jr. Philip D. O’Neill, Jr. is currently an independent arbitrator, educator and author. He is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, in England’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a Chartered Arbitrator as well.

Current Issues in International Business Law Colloquium
During the residential sessions, students also participate in a 1-credit colloquium. The colloquium leaders will include prominent practitioners and faculty who will lead discussions on current business law issues shaping the international legal landscape.

BU Colloquium

European Union Law

Dominika Harasimiuk Director of Foreign Languages Programmes and Development Projects Faculty of Law and Administration, Specialties:European Union Law, Advertising and unfair competition law, received her PhD from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin in 2007 with a dissertation on Advertising bans on goods. Study on European and Polish Law.

Comparative Legal Systems

Anna Konert Deputy Dean and Lecturer of Law at Lazarski University, with degrees in law, international relations and history. She has received her JD from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun in 2009.

M&A Theory Meets Practice

David DeBenedetti Partner at DeBenedetti Majewski Szcze?niak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp.K. in Warsaw Poland specializes in issues related to investment funds and hedge funds, as well as venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions. He also deals with planning and implementing investments, specifically in their cross-border aspects. A specialist in energy law, and in non-conventional (shale) gas, he works with strategic and financial investors in planning and structuring their investments. Attorney of the State of Ohio (1997, currently inactive) and the State of New York (2001), entered on the list of foreign lawyers maintained by the Council of the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisors in Warsaw. He graduated from the University of Toledo (B.A. cum laude 1991) and from Georgetown University Law School (J.D. 1996).

International Business Transactions

Roger Hiatt practices in the area of international law and assists clients in a variety of situations, including structuring international business transactions, drafting international agreements, compliance with international trade laws, including U.S. import and export regulations. In addition, he is knowledgeable in solving international tax problems and international trade finance issues, including EXIM Bank financing, letter of credit agreements and related matters, handling business-related immigration issues, and the establishment and maintenance of offshore financial entities. He has worked in a variety of capacities for both professional and civic groups, with a focus on international business and awareness of international political issues and cultures.

Regional Trade Organizations

Miklós Király Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest; Head of Department of Private International Law and European Economic Relations; Director, European Research and Documentation Centre and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; Member, Governing Council of UNIDROIT.

Case Studies in Crossborder Litigation

Dennis Campbell/Joseph Hetrick Dennis Campbell, Director of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, since 1974. Adjunct Professor at ELTE law school in Budapest (2007-present) and BU Law (2013-present); prior to that Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School in Boston (2003-2014) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (1998-2001). From 1976 to 1987 he was Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has served as co-editor or editor of over a dozen books and monographs for Juris and West Publishing related in international law. Joseph Hetrick Retired Partner Decherts LLP, Philadephia who has represented Philip Morris, Baxter Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, to name just a few. He is vice chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Education and Publication Committee, and an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law.

US Contract Law
This course covers legal and equitable remedies for enforcing contracts, elements of assent, interpretation of contract terms, determining what promises are enforceable, tests for performance and breach, and defenses to contract enforcement.

Mark Pettit has taught thousands of law students in the areas of contracts, evidence and consumer law, and has twice served as associate dean for administration. He was a 1993 recipient of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for faculty at Boston University, and was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law.

US & International Intellectual Property
The U.S. and Intellectual Property Law course examines legal protection of inventions, creative expression, and other kinds of information. This course will introduce students to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Most of the course will cover American intellectual property law, but comparative and international issues will also be covered.

Stacey Dogan is a leading scholar in intellectual property and competition law. Her recent articles explore cutting-edge topics in trademark, copyright, and right of publicity law, including questions of intermediary liability, the rights of trademark parodists, and evolving norms underlying trademark law. Before joining the BU faculty, Professor Dogan taught for more than a decade at Northeastern University School of Law, where she focused on intellectual property and antitrust law. She came to teaching after several years of practicing law with the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling, where she specialized in antitrust, trademark, and copyright law. After law school, she practiced with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith Rogers of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Current Issues in International Business Law Colloquium
During the residential sessions, students also participate in a 1-credit colloquium. The colloquium leaders will include prominent practitioners and faculty who will lead discussions on current business law issues shaping the international legal landscape.

BU Colloquium

Transnational Litigation
This is a course for practicing lawyers. The course will first present a paradigm for international litigation based on Sovereign Agreements and will then discuss Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, Procedure, Discovery, Evidence, and Judgments and their enforceability. Each of these topics will be addressed under the European, English and United States rules. The class will involve analysis and discussion of each approach, as well as suggested best practices for specific situations.

Joseph K. Hetrick Retired Partner Decherts LLP, Philadephia who has represented Philip Morris, Baxter Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, to name just a few. He is vice chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Education and Publication Committee, and an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law.

International Arbitration
International arbitration has become the default means of settling international disputes. The course will deal with international arbitration in a commercial setting and address both theoretical and practical issues, bridging theory and practice in the context of international arbitration. It will start by briefly looking at the rationale behind the appeal of arbitration in the international setting. Then the course will look into the life cycle of the proceedings, starting with the arbitration agreement and its enforcement, the seat of the arbitration, relevant aspects to the composition and appointment of the tribunal, the conduct of the proceedings, etc., until the award and its enforcement.

Laurent Niddam Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Independent Arbitrator, Has arbitrated numerous international proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under the Rules of the ICC, ICSID, the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Polish Chamber of Commerce (foreign investment, privatizations, PPP, public utilities, pharmaceutical and mergers & acquisitions disputes).

Protection of Foreign Investment
The course introduces the concept and regulation of multinational enterprises. Its major part is devoted to investment arbitration, covering multilateral and bilateral investment treaties, guarantees given by home states and host states and the principles of fair and equitable treatment and protection against arbitrary or discriminatory measures.

Miklós Király Dean, Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest; Head of Department of Private International Law and European Economic Relations; Director, European Research and Documentation Centre and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; Member, Governing Council of UNIDROIT.

International Business Transactions and Agreements

Virginia A. Greiman

Legal Compliance for International Business

Babak Boghraty

U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer

Kevin Outterson

Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquium
During the residential sessions, students also participate in a 1-credit colloquium. The colloquium leaders will include prominent practitioners and faculty who will lead discussions on current business law issues shaping the international legal landscape.

BU Colloquium

International Arbitration

Philip D. O’Neill, Jr.

International Mergers and Acquisitions

John D. Sullivan

Corporate Finance with U.S. and International Reporting

Raymond Wilson

Current Issues in International Business Law Colloquium
During the residential sessions, students also participate in a 1-credit colloquium. The colloquium leaders will include prominent practitioners and faculty who will lead discussions on current business law issues shaping the international legal landscape.

BU Colloquium

United States Contract Law for the International Lawyer
The course covers legal and equitable remedies for enforcing contracts, elements of assent, interpretation of contract terms, determining what promises are enforceable, tests for tests for performance and breach, and defenses to contract enforcement.

Mark Pettit Jr. has taught thousands of law students in the areas of contracts, evidence and consumer law, and has twice served as associate dean for administration. He was a 1993 recipient of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for faculty at Boston University, and was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law.

United States Corporate Law for the International Lawyer
The course examines the legal structure and characteristics of US business corporations and LLCs, especially in Delaware, with a focus on issues that will interest international lawyers. Topics include the distribution of power between management and shareholders, the limitations on management powers imposed by state fiduciary duties, rights of minority shareholders, shareholder derivative suits, and capital and voting structures.

Kevin Outterson

Current Issues in International Business Law
The colloquium utilizes visiting European and American practitioners to present insights into the practice of business law in a transnational setting and to examine the challenges facing the crossborder practitioner.

BU Colloquium

Comparative Companies Law

David DeBenedetti

International Real Estate

Ryszard Strzelczyk/Leszek Bosek

US Litigation

Iwona Wojtalik

Public International law

Marek Jezewski

American Business Law
required for the Concentration in American Business Law) (2 credits) - The course introduces the essential legal elements related to doing business in the United States, with particular emphasis on the law of contracts, the formation of business entities, vehicles for doing business in the United States, and the licensing and regulatory structure applicable to trading and investing in the American market.

Joseph Hetrick for International Students

Regional Economic Integration
The course offers a general introduction to the legal system of the European Union and the substantive law relevant to the creation of the single European market. The course examines the European Union's political institutions and lawmaking processes, system of legal remedies and jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and fundamental principles of constitutional law including the relationship between European law and the domestic laws of the Member States.

Gudrun Zagel for US students

International Business Practice
The course examines the complexities of international dispute resolution and its practical applications, such as the use of dispute resolution clauses in crossborder contracts. The course deals with the role of international law in international rule-making, agreement formation, and dispute resolution. Fact finding, negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and litigation are treated from a crossborder perspective, placing a particular emphasis on arbitration in international commercial disputes.

Christof Siefarth

Comparative Legal Systems
The course provides the foundation for understanding and working with international commerce. It approaches the subject from the perspective of essential payment mechanisms, including letters of credit and bank guarantees. The course will examine contract terms for payment and delivery, the role of international custom, transport law, and practices and commercial transactions in selected legal systems.

Dorothy Biegunska

International Legal Practice

Dennis Campbell Dennis Campbell, Director of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, since 1974. Adjunct Professor at ELTE law school in Budapest (2007-present) and BU Law (2013-present); prior to that Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School in Boston (2003-2014) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (1998-2001). From 1976 to 1987 he was Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has served as co-editor or editor of over a dozen books and monographs for Juris and West Publishing related in international law.

International Arbitration

István Varga

Protection of Foreign Investment

Miklós Király Dean, Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest; Head of Department of Private International Law and European Economic Relations; Director, European Research and Documentation Centre and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; Member, Governing Council of UNIDROIT.

International Commercial Transaction

Christof Siefarth

European Law
for US students

Gudrun Zagel

Crossborder Dispute Resolution

Joseph Hetrick

American Legal System
for International Students

Dennis Campbell

Comparative Legal System

Anna Konert

Regional Economic Integration

Gudrun Zagel

International Business Practice

Gene Dye

Comparative Companies Law and Securities Regulation
The course provides the foundation for understanding and working with international commerce. It approaches the subject from the perspective of essential payment mechanisms, including letters of credit and bank guarantees. The course will examine contract terms for payment and delivery, the role of international custom, transport law, and practices and commercial transactions in selected legal systems.

Andrzej Kawecki

Finance and International Business
This course is designed for non-economics and non-business majors. Business is global. Therefore, an understanding of the global economy has become a foundation for nearly all business activity. The course is structured to provide a basic, integrated understanding of the complexity of the international business environment and the challenges it poses for businesses which are engaged in cross-border activities.

Bogna Gawronska-Nowak

International Real Estate
The course will be a background and application of Polish Real Estate Law and a comparison to other derivatives from Latin Law (Germany, France, Belgium), with consideration to the fact that there is no one European Union real estate law but individual country real estate laws. After the course, students should be able to apply the Polish Real Estate institutions and understand the differences in respective institutions among some European countries.

Ryszard Strzelczyk

Research Paper

Research Paper

Conference I
Cycle I, II, III

CILS Conference

Conference II
Cycle I, II, III

CILS Conference

Transferred 15 credits from BU

BU Credits

Transferred 9 credits from SULS

SULS Credits

Research Paper

Research Paper

Transferred credits

Credits between 9 and 15 credits

Thesis

Thesis

Research Paper

Research Paper

Conference Participation

CILS Conference

Senior Lawyer Participation

Senior Lawyer Orientation

Transferring betweeen 3 and 15 credits

Credits

CLE Conference

CILS Conference

Transferring up to 12 credits @ $100 per credit

Credit Transfer

Transferring up to 12 credits @ $100 per credit

Credit Transfer