Courses Offered in Vienna
Vienna 2014 Course:
Trials and Human Rights in the U.S. and Europe, taught by Professor Steve Virgil
This class will give students a comparative overview of the legal protection of human rights in two leading jurisdictions in the world. Students will be introduced to the main issues relating to the protection of human rights, including the constitutional status of human rights, the role of the courts and how trials proceed. The class will enable students to engage in a comparative method to study human and civil rights law in different jurisdictions and from that to draw out those general principles that form notions of rights in civil society.
The class will use famous trials involving human rights under both the U.S. and EU systems as case studies and will integrate both field visits and film. The trials of Amanda Knox (criminal procedure and due process), Princess Carolina von Hannover (right to privacy), Vejdeland v. Sweden (speech/hate speech), and Austin v. Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (the right to assemble for protest).
Planned visits currently include: the Constitutional Court, human rights law firms, and bar associations.
During the class we will consider the following topics: Theories of Rights: including the U.S. Bill of Rights, Constitution, Civil Rights legislation, the EU Human Rights Charter and the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Non Wake Forest law students should confirm with their own schools that the credits for this program will be fully transferable. Grades for non-Wake Forest law students will be on a pass/fail basis unless a different arrangement is made with the program director.