Curriculum for Brussels and Geneva Program 2013


Introduction to the Legal System of the European Union

(1 credit), taught by Prof. Antoine Bailleux, Université St.-Louis

In this course participants learn about how governance of the European Union is organized and the common principles that bind together the twenty-eight member states. This introduction to EU law will explain how the main institutions and bodies of the European Union cooperate with each other in the drafting and adoption process related to legally binding acts, with particular emphasis on the European Court of Justice and the judicial remedies available in the EU legal order. The course also includes a presentation of the various techniques whereby the EU authorities seek to harmonize national legislation and ensure the functioning of the EU’s internal market.


Aspects of European Union Business Law

(1 credit), taught by Prof. Delphine Misonne, Université St.-Louis

This course provides an introduction to some selected aspects of EU business law that are representative of the typical practice of an international law firm, such as competition law (including antitrust and merger control) and intellectual property, in particular issues such as the exhaustion of intellectual property rights and the interface between IP and competition issues. In addition, business and trade-related aspects of environmental law will be covered. Participants will also gain an overview of tax law related to the day-to-day practice of lawyers based in the EU.


International Trade Law Practice under the WTO

(1 credit), taught by Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia School of Law

This course examines legal issues and trade practices under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It begins with a history and overview of the WTO legal system, including obligations and commitments.  Topics will include the dispute settlement system and major legal issues under the WTO. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners about trade-related litigation and hot topics in WTO jurisprudence. The course will include guest speakers from the World Trade Organization and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as well as private international litigators.

Alumni Insight

"The program was a superb introduction to EU law. It piqued my interest in the field to such an extent that I wound up doing an LL.M. degree in EU law and have practiced EU antitrust law in Brussels for nearly 30 years. As our clients are increasingly doing business on a global scale, I find that having this kind of international exposure is becoming an important component of a well-rounded legal education."


David W. Hull, Partner
Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
Brussels Program, 1981


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Field Trips

Excursions include city tours and legal field trips, including a visit to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.