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Washburn Exchange

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

Two courses are being planned for the Summer 2020 program:

LAW 3580 International Law of Indigenous Peoples (May 25-June 11, 2020; final examination on June 11, 2020)
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Course Content:
This course will explore international human rights law through the example of Indigenous peoples. It introduces students to the basic international human rights regime within the United Nations and other organizations, including the Inter-American system of human rights.
The course is relevant to any student interested in practicing energy law or intellectual property, as a great portion of human rights claims involve exploitation of Indigenous natural resources, genetic data, medical knowledge, and art forms.  More generally, 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.
The following topics/concepts/theories/issues will be addressed:
  1. Introduction - Indigenous peoples, and international law
  2. International human rights framework 
  3. The Indigenous peoples’ movement 
  4. Core concepts in colonization and decolonization
  5. Introduction to the international law of human rights 
    1. UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    2. ILO Convention No. 169 
    3. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
    4. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    5. Monitoring by the UN Human Rights Council & Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; 
    6. UN Human Rights Council Adjudications
    7. The Inter-American System
    8. Inter-American Developments Since Awas-Tingni
    9. Selected cases from the US and Commonwealth Caribbean
  6. Student Presentations – Cultural Property (or other announced topic)
  7. Overview and Conclusions
Please consult the Cave Hill online Course Catalogue or the Faculty’s Course Guide ( ) for a full course description.
Law 3902: Comparative Legal Systems – Alternative Dispute Resolution (June 15-July 2, 2020; final examination on July 2, 2020)
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Course Content:
The course will provide a unique blend of doctrine and skills, including the theory and practice of international alternative dispute resolution. Topics will include client interviewing, client counselling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and hybrid dispute resolution processes. In addition to learning the theory and law of alternative dispute resolution, students will engage in simulated exercises that will highlight the distinctions between the various alternative dispute resolution techniques. Special attention will be paid to alternative dispute resolution within an international/Caribbean context.
The following topics/issues/theories/issues will be addressed:
  1. The legal framework in alternative dispute resolution.
  2. Theory and practice of international dispute resolution.
  3. The techniques associated with client interviewing, client counselling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and hybrid dispute resolution.
  4. The practice of dispute resolution in the U.S. and in the Caribbean.
  5. Court systems in aid of alternative dispute resolution.
Please consult the Cave Hill online Course Catalogue or the Faculty’s Course Guide ( ) for a full course description.

Please note that Cave Hill students may enrol in one, or both, courses depending upon availability of spaces. Spaces are allocated in accordance with need (i.e., a student needs a single Level III Law course to graduate).  The Faculty also reserves the right to allocate spaces in accordance with the timing of the request by the student, and in light of the maximum number of students allowed under the American Bar Association rules and regulations.
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: