• European Law and Politics Study Tour


    Up to 6 Credit Hours:
    PS431 — Public International Law (optional)
    PS371 — International Service Seminar
    (required if student is seeking experiential education credit of a maximum of 3 credits)

    Visits, lectures, and classroom presentations on issues of international law and legal systems

    European Law Tour - Hague

    The English Legal System and Parliament

    While England has had a particularly interesting role in international relations and a somewhat acrimonious relationship with the other countries of the EU, its legal system forms the foundation of the legal system for the United States, India and many other former European territories. The common law system of jurisprudence in the United States is a direct descendant of the English common law, and the interplay between the legislature and the judiciary is something comparatively we can look to in order to study our own system. Britain’s Houses of Parliament’s function is very important in this regard.

    The International Court of Justice – Pillar of International Law

    Europe’s capitals and major cities are home to some of the most important institutions of law in the entire world. In the aftermath of World War II and the resulting trials of Nazi regime leaders at Nuremburg, the international community came together to make mutual promises to all sovereign nations that the atrocities of war would not again tear them apart. From this objective came the United Nations (UN), a more formalized and mature supranational organization remedying the impracticalities of the League of Nations. The primary judicial arm of the UN, the International Court of Justice, hears arguments between state parties and renders consent judgments, adhering to the principles of justice to the post WWII promises of international comity.

    The European Union – Towards a More Unified Continent

    To assist after the devastation of the Nazi advancements, the United States allocated significant economic aid to rebuild Western Europe under the direction of the Marshall Plan. European nations slowly developed a bond flowing from the Marshall Plan and formed the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and European Economic Community (EEC) in the 1950s. As European political and economic integration continued successfully and the common currency of the “euro” (€) solidified European integration, formal constitutional unity of the former European communities developed into the European Union (EU) of today.

    The European Law and Politics study tour seeks to expose students to important elements of law and justice. Students will get a guided presentation of these institutions – the British Parliament, the International Court of Justice (and the Peace Palace) in The Hague, and the European Commission in Brussels. Students will also attend lectures and seminars on issues of contemporary international law to see how these important institutions, spurned from bleaker times, continue to promote justice, human rights and the rule of law, not just in Europe but throughout the entire world.

    European Law Tour - Flags

    Course Objectives

    • Learn about the logistics of parliamentary procedure in the English system, how it relates to the English judicial system and comparatively to the American common law system.
    • Understand how the public international legal system works through a study of the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court.
    • Explore how supranational organizations like the EU can facilitate problem solution in both a legal and political context.
    • Perform an applied experiential education exercise upon return from Europe and assist with legal services to the pro bono or disadvantaged sectors of a community, applying the important concepts of justice, human rights and the rule of law learned in Europe.
    Destination(s) London, The Hague, Amsterdam, Brussels
    Travel Dates January 2 – January 12, 2015
    Flight Information Gateway of NYC (either LGA, JFK or EWR) to London
    Return from Brussels to NYC-area airport
    Academic Credit YES (optional if students choose to also enroll in PS 371 in the Spring 2015 semester): 3-credit hours of Experiential Education and also PSIP code for Political Science (and concentrations in International Relations or Legal Studies) majors; Prerequisites would only be those required if a student is also taking PS 371 – that prerequisite is PS 101.
    • If doing study tour for ExEd credit, register for PS371 in Spring 2015 and for helpful background knowledge of international law, PS431 in Fall 2014 – regular tuition rates for Monmouth apply
    • EF College Study Tours will be facilitating the operation of the study tour. The total cost (all-inclusive) is
      • $3,240 for students enrolling on or before 03/31/14
      • $3,370 for students enrolling after 03/31/14
      • The above pricing includes:
        • Round-trip airfare
        • Ground transportation in Europe
        • European breakfast and select meals
        • Sightseeing tours and excursions
        • All hotels and lodging in Europe
        • Certain entrance fees
        • 24-hour services of a full-time tour director
        • All-inclusive insurance coverage plan
      • Students should visit www.efcollegestudytours.com/1549193yv for more details on the itinerary, pricing, and enrolling for the study tour.
    Application Process

    Students should enroll for PS 431 (Public International Law) in Fall of 2014 and PS 371 (International Service Seminar) in Spring of 2015 to gain the full international law and ex-ed experience in conjunction with the study tour.

    Students are encouraged to contact Prof. Bordelon (bordelon@monmouth.edu or 732-571-4471) if they have any questions about the study tour and/or the related courses.

    Students need to apply directly for the study tour with EF College Study Tours. All information can be found at www.efcollegestudytours.com/1549193yv, and questions regarding enrollment, payment, etc. can be directed to EF at 877-485-4184 or by contacting the Tour Consultant, Bridget Burgoyne at bridget.burgoyne@ef.com.

    Application Deadline Rolling but $100 discount if pay initial deposit of $95 and trip insurance of $145 by 03/31/14. Students should refer to the EF payment terms and conditions upon initial enrollment.
    Contact Professor Greg Bordelon, Lecturer and University Pre-Law Advisor
    Department of Political Science and Sociology
    Tel: 732-571-4471
    Bey Hall 244