Courses Offered in Venice

Venice 2019 Courses

The following classes were offered Summer 2019. Courses change each Summer, so be sure to check back for this summer’s offerings. Each summer will include a comparative law course and a special topic. 

Selected Topics in Human Rights Law – Dean Richard Schneider
This course presupposes no specific legal knowledge and has no prerequisite.  The course will introduce broad issues in the area of human rights and will complement the International Human Rights course taught by Professor Knox.  The course will also satisfy the requirement for LAWR III or may be used to satisfy LAWR IV. As such, there will be no final exam. Instead, the course will require a couple of brief reflection papers prepared in Venice and a final paper due in late August or early September.  The final paper, if the student desires to satisfy the LAWR III requirement, will be a draft of a human rights claim filed at the European Court of Human Rights. The student will, of course, receive the necessary guidance to draft the claim.
The course will begin with a reading of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” to locate early modern ideas of human integrity and community.  We will then study the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the role of Eleanor Roosevelt in bringing the document to signature.  We will discuss the European Convention on Human Rights (1950) and several cases decided by the Strasbourg court. We will examine the Nuremberg trials and the birth of the International Criminal Court.  Finally, we will look closely at the contemporary human rights issues presented by the refugee and migrant experiences in Europe, and especially in Italy. Since the Venice Biennale will be open while we are in Venice, we will visit the various pavilions, see the ancillary exhibits, and relate our visits to contemporary human rights issues.  The reflection papers will focus on the experience of art and how art represents and problematizes human rights.

Introduction to European Union Law – Dean Richard Schneider

This course will be a broad survey of the EU treaty system, the lawmaking process in the EU, and the interactions of EU law and member state law.  The course will be taught in part by a law professor based at the University of Padua. The course is obviously extremely timely because of the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the problems that the EU has encountered with the upsurge of right-wing governments in certain member states.  A take-home exam will be issued at the end of the month to test the students’ understanding of the basic issues presented in the course. The exam will be due in late August or early September.

Non-Wake Forest students should confirm that credit for these courses is accepted in their home law school. Grades for non-Wake Forest students will be only on a Pass/Fail basis (with a “C” being the minimum grade to earn a passing grade.)