Photograph: Students from a previous Barbados program.

Course Descriptions

Courses offered for the 2018 program are:

  • International Dimensions of Family Law
  • Comparative Trade Law

International Dimensions of Family Law

Professors Gillian Chadwick and Rashad Braithwaite (3 credits, May 22-June 7).

This course examines state regulation of the family and reproduction in a comparative law context, with a focus on Caribbean, U.S., and Inter-American legal systems. Students will explore and analyze legal approaches to regulation of family and reproduction in these various legal systems through a gender and race-critical lens. Topics to be covered will include formation and dissolution of marriage and partnership, adoption, intimacy and sexuality, child custody and abduction, parentage and child support, and domestic violence. (This description is tentative and the course is pending approval by the Washburn Law faculty.)

Comparative Trade Law

Professors Andrea Boyack and Hans Mahncke (3 credits, June 11-28).

This course provides a comparative legal perspective on international trade and finance law. The course introduces students to the trade and finance law regimes of the United States and of the Commonwealth Caribbean, as well as representative legal regimes from other parts of the world. In as far as these regimes are based on international agreements or model laws (WTO agreements and UNCITRAL Model Laws), the course examines commonalities and differences in how these agreements are interpreted and implemented in the United States, the Commonwealth Caribbean, and other representative jurisdictions. The course also introduces students to dispute settlement in the areas of international trade and finance law. (No prior courses in Trade Law are required.)

Photograph: Ian Tomasic.

"Barbados was one of the best experiences of my life. I've travelled abroad before but I had never "lived" in a foreign country for an extended period of time. It was more fun and more culturally eye-opening than I ever could have imagined. I would go back in a heartbeat." - Ian Tomasic, '13