Course Title Credits Dates Time Instructor Exam
International Environmental
2 Sunday, May 20-June 7 9 - 10:55 am
(See daily schedule)
L. Silecchia June 8 - 
Advanced Issues in 
Corporate Law: Corporations
and Human Rights
2 Sunday, May 20-June 5 4 - 5:20 pm
(See daily schedule)
S. Duggin June 8 - Take Home Exam Due
Immigration and Human
Rights Seminar
2 Tuesday, May 22 2:30 -4:25 pm
(See daily schedule)
S. Brustin June 8 - Take Home Exam Due
Directed Research on
Topics Related to the Holy
See and Human Rights 
2 TBD TBD L. Silecchia *Paper course


Please open the Daily Schedule (TBA) 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 7:30 p.m. free should a make-up time be needed on these days.

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

Final Exam Schedule

International Environmental Law, TBA
Advanced Issues in Corporate Law: Corporations and Human Rights, TBA
Immigration/Refugee Law (confirmed, title of course TBA)

*Directed Research on Topics Related to the Holy See and Human Rights - Papers will be due at the end of Fall 2018 semester, at which time grades will be posted. Components of the paper and a comprehensive research plan will be due in Rome.

Course Descriptions

(Except where otherwise noted, enrollment in each class is projected to be capped at 15, 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

Advanced Issues in Corporate Law: Corporations and Human Rights (2 cr) 
Throughout the world corporations play increasingly important roles with respect to human rights. The manner in which corporations deal with natural resources, supply chains, the environment, and a host of other issues, as well as the ways in which corporations interact with international, national, regional and local authorities, can profoundly impact human rights. This course will address the role of corporations in human rights issues, consider some of the most significant existing and emerging legal rules and norms with respect to global business and human rights, and look at both opportunities and obstacles to legal protection of human rights in the international business arena. Professor Duggin

Immigration and Human Rights Seminar (2 cr) 
This seminar will examine the ways in which U.S. immigration and refugee law offer protection to individuals whose civil, political, economic, or social rights have been violated in their home countries. We will focus on asylum law, protection for victims of trafficking, remedies for unaccompanied minors, temporary protected status, and aspects of U.S. refugee law. Students will read case studies and participate in practice-oriented exercises to develop a real world understanding of the way in which lawyers pursue immigration or refugee remedies for victims of human rights abuses. We will also explore the impact, from a human rights perspective, of recent legislative proposals to reform U.S. immigration and refugee law.

Directed Research/Topics Related to the Holy See and Human Rights (2 cr.) 
AW Enrollment in this option is limited to a maximum of 4 students. Interested applicants must submit a 2 page written proposal for their paper to Professor Silecchia (silecchia@law) as soon as possible, but no later than April 1, 2018. The topic selected must be related to the participation of the Holy See in matters of human rights. The first four acceptable topics will be selected. In Rome, the group will meet up to 5 times as a group and individually with Professor Silecchia for guidance on the paper. Initial research on the paper, a preliminary 10 page summary of the full paper, a detailed research plan and a detailed outline of the paper must be submitted while in Rome. In addition, students will be required to present their initial thesis orally for feedback from the instructor and the other paper writers.

Final papers will be due at the end of the Fall 2018 term and which time grades will be posted. Non-CUA students should be sure that this schedule for posting of course grades is acceptable before registering to participate in this course. This course offers students the opportunity to conduct original, in-depth legal research and produce a quality, written analysis in an area of special interest under the close supervision of a faculty member. The course will fulfill one of the two upper-class writing requirements if the student achieves a final grade of at least a B-. A faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s supervising instructor will provide guidance and feedback throughout the research and writing process.

The student’s final grade will reflect the supervising instructor’s evaluation of the quality of the student’s legal research and legal analysis, as well as the quality of his/her legal writing. Although the page number requirement is left to the supervising instructor's discretion, it is unlikely that a paper of acceptable quality could be completed in fewer than 40 pages. To register, a student must submit a statement of topic, signed by the supervising instructor, that describes the proposed research topic and establishes the tentative research and writing schedule. The signed statement of topic must be submitted to the Office of the Academic Affairs before the end of the add/drop period for the semester. Faculty. Professor Silecchia