Summer in France Academics

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


European Union Law (1 credit)
Andrew West

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 and provisions for the free movement of goods, services, and persons. The course looks also at the political reasons behind the creation of the European Union, the impact of expansion to the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe, and the attempts to put in place a constitution of the European Union.

Change and Development in European Legal Systems (2 credits)
Andrew West, Derek Wilson

The legal systems of European countries have been subject to pressure to change and converge in the context of the European Union. In this course students 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, students will compare the written constitution of France with the largely non-written UK constitution, and they will examine the further devolution of legislative power in Scotland in the light of the 2014 referendum and regulation-making power in Wales and the devolution of greater power to the Conseil Regionaux in France. This course will also examine questions such as convergence within the criminal justice systems.

 International and Comparative Family Law (1 Credit)
Andrea Charlow

This course will give a basic overview and comparison of American and international law concerning family and children’s issues. The course will examine the rights of both children and parents and explore American and international laws and treaties relating to marriage and divorce, child custody, adoption, child abuse, abortion and reproductive rights, child abduction, and domestic violence.

Global Cyber Law (1 Credit)
Shontavia Johnson

Cyber law addresses the internet's relationship to technological and electronic elements, including computers, software, hardware, and data information systems.

From their inception, computer networks have been global in nature—the first computer network involved servers located in England, Norway, and the United States. Cyber law is complex and encompasses many emerging legal issues that intersect with much of our daily lives.

This interactive course will explore a broad range of issues related to privacy, cybercrime, commercial law, intellectual property, human rights law, social media, and free speech. These topics can be impacted by things like international conflicts, cyber warfare, and economic developments. As law students are becoming practitioners in an increasingly interconnected world, this course will introduce them to substantive legal issues that can arise regardless of their chosen area of practice. It will provide an opportunity to think about how the cyber world is increasingly impacting the real, tangible world.

Global Issues in Criminal Law (1 Credit)
Ellen Yee

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.


Drake Law School Faculty

Andrea Charlow, Professor of Law
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Shontavia Johnson, Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center; Professor of Law
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Ellen Yee, Director of International Programs; Professor of Law
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Other Faculty

Andrew West, Lecturer in Law at the Catholic Institute of Higher Education, La Roche-sur-Yon

West has been a lecturer in law at the University of Wales Cardiff, the University of Wales Swansea, and the University of Nantes, 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 is 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.

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The Drake University 2018 Engaged Citizen Conference, “Nourishing (Feeding) the World,” is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday,  Feb. 23 in Drake’s Olmsted Center. Admission is free.