The Catholic University of America
CUA Law Summer Abroad in Rome: 2016 Course Information
 Summer Law Programs > Rome

Class Schedule


Course Title Credits Dates Time Instructor Exam
International Environmental Law 2 Monday, May 23 - June 8

Week 1 & 2
9-10:50 am
Week 3-refer to Daily Schedule

L. Silecchia Thursday, June 9
11 am

Tax Law and Human Rights

2 Monday, May 23 - June 9

Week 1 & 2 
11 am-12:45 pm
Week 3-refer to Daily Schedule

R. Jefferson

June 10
11 am

Art, Cultural Property, and Human Rights 2 Sunday, May 22 - June 10  Week 1 & 2  2:15-4:15 pm
Week 3-refer to Daily Schedule
S. Fischer Take Home Exam-due June 10

Please open the Daily Schedule for a detailed calendar of courses and special events.

  • A 5-minute break is built into each class session.
  • On days involving a class trip or special event, the class schedule will be adjusted accordingly with advanced notice.  Students should plan to keep the time slot between 5 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. free should a make-up time be needed on these days.

Students select any two out of these three cources, for a total of 4 credits. Course selections will be honored in the order in which program deposits are recieved.

Final Exam Schedule:
International Environmental Law, Thursday, June 9 @ 9 am
Tax Law and Human Rights, Friday, June 10 @ 2 pm
Art, Cultural Property, and Human Rights, Take Home Examination


Course Descriptions
(Enrollment in each class is projected to be capped at 20, determined in the order in which we receive applicant deposits and final registration forms.)

International Environmental Law (2 cr) - This course is designed to introduce students to the basic international institutions which address international environmental issues and the specific programs they have developed for doing so. Students should obtain a working knowledge of international institutions, an understanding of the major environmental problems facing the global environment, and insight into the difficult political, moral, and scientific issues facing the ongoing development of international environmental law. Issues considered will include air pollution, water resources and pollution (with respect to oceans, rivers, and lakes), hazardous materials(including both chemical manufacturing and hazardous waste disposal), and wildlife and natural habitats. The course will also consider the connections between international environmental law and trade, the connections between international environmental law and human rights, and selected issues in private international law. When taught in the Rome Program, this will be offered as a 2-credit course and the material on the connections between international environmental law and human rights will be given particular attention. Examination. Professor Silecchia


Tax Law and Human Rights (2 cr.) - The American tax system contains numerous provisions that are designed to encourage activities consistent with certain public policy concerns and to relieve various forms of personal hardship. These provisions, which have significant economic and social impact, represent a set of societal beliefs that some activities are so important that they warrant public subsidies. Not surprisingly, many of the issues that arise in connection with tax policy relate to questions regarding the types of activities that government should or should not support. This course seeks to answer these questions by exploring the relationship between tax policy and internationally-recognized human rights. Using a comparative approach, this course specifically addresses the following considerations: (1) human rights principles as they relate to various tax-preferred activities, such as education, health, housing and retirement;(2) current trends in fiscal and tax policy and their impact on human rights, and (3) the effectiveness of different tax policies and practices, evaluated in accordance with recognized human rights principles and standards. Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with some of the most significant sources of international human rights law, a basic understanding of the role of government in protecting and promoting certain human rights, and an appreciation for the way in which human rights and tax policy intermesh. Examination. Professor Jefferson.

Art, Cultural Property, and Human Rights  (2 cr) - This course is a survey course that explores art and cultural heritage from the perspective of human rights. We will examine the extent of human rights protection in international treaties and national laws (focusing in particular on American, European, and Italian law) for cultural heritage, artistic productions, and participation in cultural life. We will learn about the complex, multilayered regime of public and private regulation of art and cultural heritage, as well as the tensions between the interests of the many public and private stakeholders, including nation states, museums, art dealers, artists, and the general public. Some of the issues that we will study include artist’s rights in visual art, including copyright, moral rights and droit de suite; international movement of art and antiquities and the illicit international trade in art; ownership of native cultural objects, including indigenous rights and group rights in cultural resources; repatriation of cultural objects; plundering and destruction of works of art in times of war and military conflict; and government censorship of art and support for art. Students will not only discuss theoretical issues, but will also have many opportunities to explore the cultural heritage of the “Eternal City” and Vatican City. Take Home Examination. Professor Fischer



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