Summer in France Academics

Learn about the courses and faculty in the Summer in France program.

Courses

European Union Law (1 credit)
Andrew West, Former Lecturer, Catholic Institute of Higher Education, La Roche-sur-Yon; Solicitor, England & Wales

The European Union has become a formidable trading bloc, and the gross national product of the European Union countries will soon rival that of the United States. As international trade increases, it is imperative that U.S. lawyers understand how the community is organized.

In this general introductory course, students explore the basic institutions and principles of the European Union as well as its procedures. The course looks also at the political reasons behind the creation of the European Union, and the impact of expansion to the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe. We will also look at the stresses and strains of recent years, particularly caused by the economic crash of 2008 and the refugee crisis of 2015 which are leading to a push for greater integration and conversely one for more national independence. 

Change and Development in European Legal Systems (2 credits)
Craig French, Legal Advisor, Scottish Government. Law Tutor, University of Glasgow; Solicitor, Scotland
Andrew West, Former Lecturer, Catholic Institute of Higher Education, La Roche-sur-Yon; Solicitor, England & Wales
Derek Wilson, Lecturer, the Faculty of Law at the University of Nantes; Solicitor, Scotland                                               

In the first part of the course we will look at the major disruption being caused both to the United Kingdom and the European Union by the referendum in June 2016 for the UK to leave the European Union in 2019 (Brexit). We will examine the reasons for this populist vote, and the impact it is having on the hithertofore stable legal and constitutional system of the United Kingdom, and even the threat it poses to the continued unity of the Kingdom.

The second topic to be addressed is that of the legal systems of European countries, which have been subject to pressure to change and converge in the context of the European Union. In this course we will look at how certain issues are developing in the legal systems of Scotland (which is a mixed system, based partly on English law traditions, and partly on Continental law tradition) and France. For example, we will compare the written constitution of France with the largely non-written UK constitution, and will examine the further devolution of legislative power in Scotland in the light of the 2014 independence referendum; increasing legislative power in Wales; and the devolution of power to the Conseil Régionaux in France. We will also examine other topical questions in the various justice systems.

Transnational Civil Litigation (1 Credit)
Professor Laurie Doré, Drake Law School

This course grows out of the rapid internationalization of domestic law over the last decade, especially in civil litigation before U.S. courts. The course will examine some of the recurring issues that arise when foreign parties sue or are sued in U.S. courts. Topics studied include personal jurisdiction, forum selection, service of process, choice of law, conducting discovery abroad, foreign sovereign immunity, anti-suit injunctions, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. The topics should be accessible to first-year students who have just completed Civil Procedure I and II.

Comparative Corporate Law (1 Credit)
Professor Matt Doré, Drake Law School

A basic Business Associations course broadly surveys the American legal system’s response to the problems presented by corporations and related business associations. This response addresses three core “conflicts” in business organizations: those between managers and owners, those between majority and minority owners, and those between the organization and third parties. The Comparative Corporate Law course enhances students’ understanding of these topics by demonstrating that all legal systems—both American and foreign—recognize these same conflicts, but their respective business organization laws respond to those conflicts in different ways. 

The course has three objectives. First, to introduce students to the legal problems presented by corporations and related business associations. Second, to reinforce students’ understanding of the American legal system’s response to these problems through an examination of foreign legal systems’ responses to similar problems. Third, to provide a brief introduction to comparative law and the benefits that one derives from its study.

Global Issues in Criminal Law (1 Credit)
Professor Ellen L. Yee, Drake Law School

The course will focus on international and transnational criminal law because practicing lawyers are likely to encounter these areas. The main subjects will be transnational criminal law, terrorism, and genocide. Issues of jurisdiction, which are generally not addressed in detail in a first-year criminal law course, will be incorporated into the analysis of these subjects.

The course will also explore some aspects of comparative criminal law. For example, it will examine how other systems view issues such as criminal intent, actus reus, and defenses by discussing the international tribunals' treatment of the genocide cases.

Faculty

Drake Law School Faculty

Laurie Doré, Professor of Law
515-271-4126 laurie.dore@drake.edu
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Matt Doré, Professor of Law
515-271-4136 matt.dore@drake.edu
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Ellen Yee, Director of International Programs; Professor of Law
515-271-1914 ellen.yee@drake.edu
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Other Faculty

Andrew West, Chargé d'Enseignement in Law and Political Science at the Catholic Institute of Higher Education, La Roche-sur-Yon, France

West has been a lecturer in law at the Universities of Cardiff, Swansea, Nantes and La Roche-sur Yon, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Drake Law School. Prior to his teaching career, West was a solicitor in Southampton, England. He was the editor and co-author of The French Legal System and has written numerous articles on French and English law.

Derek Wilson, Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Nantes

Wilson was admitted by Order of Scotland's Supreme Court in Edinburgh to the Law Society of Scotland's Roll of Solicitors and as a Notary Public in 1991. Wilson conducted both civil and criminal cases, from the highest to the lowest of Scotland's courts, until he moved to France to take his current position. He has participated in comparative legal research projects on British and European Law.

Law School News
June 13, 2018
Ashle Bray was one of 30 law students nationwide selected as a Student Fellow for the Rural Summer Legal Corp. As part of the program, she will provide legal assistance to low-income, rural Iowans.
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