Cave Hill Law-Washburn Law Summer Programme
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The Cave Hill Faculty of Law partners with the Washburn School of Law to offer a summer study programme at the Cave Hill Campus.  The program uses a comparative model and takes advantage of co-teaching by the University of the West Indies and Washburn Law Faculty members.  The student body is composed of students from both the University of the West Indies and Washburn Law. Washburn students may earn six hours of academic credit; Cave Hill students may obtain three Level III credits per course.

Please note that specific courses in the summer progamme vary from year to year.  Please also note that the Faculty cannot guarantee that the programme will be offered every year, and that students should plan their timetables accordingly.
The programme curriculum utilises both traditional classroom methods and site visits to observe relevant legal institutions in action. Students have found that the opportunity to study law in the summer study programme not only enhances their legal studies, but enables them to learn about and enjoy the rich heritages of both Caribbean and American cultures and legal traditions.

Course Descriptions

The courses which are planned for the 2019 program are:
  • International Law of Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparative Tort Law

Course 1: International Law of Indigenous Peoples (May 20- June 7, 2019)

Dean David Berry and  Professor Tonya Kowalski  (3 credits).
This course will explore international human rights law through the example of Indigenous peoples. It introduces students to the indigenous peoples’ movement and core concepts in colonization and decolonization, before examining the international human rights regime within the United Nations and other organizations, including the Inter-American system of human rights. Students will study how international law does—or does not—operate as legal authority in U.S. and Commonwealth Caribbean cases, as well as how to develop an international legal strategy for clients whose human rights claims are not well-recognized domestically. The materials will deepen knowledge about how national sovereignty operates in a globalizing world. Finally, students will gain broadened perspectives important for representing clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Course 2: Comparative Tort Law (June 11-27, 2019)

Deputy Dean Jeff Cumberbatch and  Professor Rory Bahadur (3 credits).
This course provides a comparative legal perspective on torts law from American and West Indian perspectives.  The course will focus on the topics of breach of the duty of care/causation, nuisance, occupier's liability and contributory negligence.

Cave Hill students may enroll in one, or both, courses depending upon availability of spaces.  Cave Hill students will pay tuition to Cave Hill at a rate to be announced. Classes meet from 9:00 am-1:10 pm, Monday through Thursday, with a thirty-minute break. There are no classes on Fridays or over the weekend. Please see the Washburn site for further information about the Washburn School of Law and previous summer programmes:
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