Visits, lectures, and classroom presentations on issues of international law and legal systems
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.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.