Course description

COURSES

TYPE

ECTS

DESCRIPTION

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

Introduction To Anglo-American Law And Case Analysis

OP

3

The fundamentals of the American legal system. Consideration will be given to the role of judicial review, the common law methodology. Students will also learn basic legal research techniques.

- Legal Method and Case Analysis

- The Constitution of the United States

- The US Judicial System

- US Sources of Law and Related Issues

- Common Law Development and the Uses of Precedent

- Litigation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes in the United States

SECOND SEMESTER

U.S. Constitutional Law

OP

3

Focuses on the main contents of the American Constitution, including the separation of powers, national checks and balances, federalism as well as the roles of the state and federal governments. Areas of special interest include principales and Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

- Historical context and Overview of the US Constitution

- Federalism

- Separation of Powers and the Federal Political Process

- The Bill of Rights

- Due Process

SECOND YEAR 

FIRST SEMESTER

U.S. Contract Law

OP

3

Covers the fundamentals of consensual liability. Consideration is given to contract formation, interpretation, performance, breach and remedies. It also provides an overview of different types of contracts.

- Contract Remedies

- Consideration

- Offer and Acceptance

- Parol Evidence and Interpretation

- Mistake and Related Topics

- Conditions and Performance

SECOND SEMESTER

U.S. Criminal Law

OP

3

Examines the general aspects of criminal liability, including the purposes of punishment, the concepts of act and omission, the mental element, complicity, causation, justification and excuse.

- Statutory Basis of Criminal law

-Interpreting Criminal Statutes

- Actus Reus

- Avenues for Changing Judicial Decisions

- Judicial Review and the Question of Legitimacy

- The Judiciary in the United States and Europe: A Comparison

THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

U.S. Tort Law

OP

3

Examines civil liability for causing harm to persons and their interests in property, including intentional and unintentional injuries. It will also cover product liability and other areas of interest.

- Intentional Interference with the Person and with Property

- Negligence: Standard of Conduct and Proof

- Proximate Cause

- Joint Tortfeasors

- Limited Duty

- Imputed Negligence

- Strict Liability

- Products Liability

- Introduction to Nuisance, Misrepresentation, Defamation and Wrongful Death

SECOND SEMESTER

U.S. Litigation And Alternative  Dispute Resolution

OP

3

Is focused on the process of investigating, developing and presenting a case before the courts. Consideration is given to interpretation, argumentation and other aspects of trial strategy.

- The US Adversary System

- The role of ADR Processes in the Civil Justice System

- Stages in the Process of a Lawsuit

- Burdens of Proof, Pleadings and Discovery

- Judicial Case Management (Pre-Trial Conferences, Class Actions, etc)

- The Civil Jury

- The Apellate Process

FOURTH YEAR

SECOND SEMESTER

U.S. Tax Law

OP

3

Provides an overview of the federal tax system with special consideration for personal income taxation and corporate tax. Attention will be given to the international aspects of taxation such as tax treaties.

Introduction to Federal Taxes

- Gross Income and Exclusions

- Taxable Year

- Methods of Accounting

- Time Value of Money

- Deductions and Exemptions

- Property Transactions

- Calculation of Tax Liability for Individuals

- Taxation of C Corporations

- Taxation of Corporate Transfers and Transactions

- Taxation of S Corporations

- Taxation of Partnerships 

U.S. Business And Corporate Law

OP

3

Is focused on the laws governing Business organizations. Contents are mostly dedicated to corporations, including formation, organization and corporate governance issues. Also of interest: mergers and acquisitions.

- The Uniform Commercial Code

- Contracts: Sales, Agency, Distribution

- Introduction to Intellectual Property

- Introduction to Negotiable Instruments

- Modern Business Forms

- Development of US Corporate Law

- Formation of Corporations

- Preincorporation Transactions

- "Piercing the Corporate Veil"

- Financing the Corporation

- Distribution of Powers within a Corporation

- Shares and Shareholders

- Directors and Officers

- The Publicly Held Corporation

- Dividends, Distributions and Redemptions

- Amendments, Changes and Dissolution

3 ECTS. 4th year. Second semester.