Daniel Abebe : Courses and Seminars
Foreign Relations Law
This course examines the constitutional and statutory doctrines regulating the conduct of American foreign relations. Topics include the allocation of foreign relations powers between the three branches of the federal government, the status of international law in U.S. courts, the scope of the treaty power, the validity of executive agreements and the power to declare and conduct war. The course will also focus on the political question and other doctrines regulating judicial review in foreign relations cases. Where relevant, current events will be explored, such as ongoing controversies regarding individual rights during wartime, the post-September 11 war on terrorism and the war in Iraq. Grades will be based on a final examination.
Greenberg Seminar: Race and Place in Chicago
In this Greenberg seminar, we will read a series of books concerning the way in which race has affected, in particular, the urban landscape of Chicago. Its aim is to enable students to reflect on the rich and complex history and contemporary circumstances of their city.
Daniel Abebe, Aziz Huq
International Trade Law
This course examines the law and policy of international trade in goods and services. It begins with an overview of the politics and economics of international cooperation on trade, and then moves on to study the core obligations that states have under the WTO/GATT rules. These rules address tariff and non-tariff barriers, discrimination of importers, regional trade agreements, anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties, and safeguards measures. We will discuss the negotiation, implementation and enforcement of international trade agreements, with a particular interest in the relationship between free trade and other areas of international cooperation, such as the environment, public health, intellectual property protection, human rights and development. Student grades will be based on a final examination and class participation.
Legal Issues in International Transactions
This seminar explores the complex legal and political issues common in international transactions. It provides a brief introduction to a range of potential challenges for corporations engaging in international transactions including choice of law issues, extraterritorial regulation, international arbitration and investment rules, enforcement of arbitral awards, and compliance with the Alien Tort Statute and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among other areas. Grades will be determined through a series of response papers and class participation.
Workshop: International and Comparative Law
This workshop offers students the opportunity to read and respond to cutting-edge research in the field of international and comparative law. It consists of four workshops with invited speakers– two on international law and two on comparative constitutional law – as well as a brief introductory meeting with Professor Ginsburg to introduce key concepts and protocols for the workshop. Assessment for the workshop will be based on four response papers (each 5 double-spaced pages in length) setting out and explaining potential questions raised by the workshop papers. Please see http://www.law.uchicago.edu/workshops/internationallaw for the current schedule.
Daniel Abebe, Tom Ginsburg