Photograph: Students from a previous Barbados program.

Course Descriptions

Courses offered for the 2019 program are:

  • International Law of Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparative Tort Law

International Law of Indigenous Peoples

Professors Tonya Kowalski and David Berry (3 credits, May 20-June 6).

This course will explore international human rights law through the example of Indigenous peoples. The course introduces students to the basic international human rights regime within the United Nations and other organizations. The course is key for 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. cases, as well as how to develop an international legal strategy for clients whose human rights claims are not well-recognized domestically. In government law, 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.

Comparative Tort Law

Professors Rory Bahadur and Jefferson Cumberbatch (3 credits, June 11-27).

Students will deepen their understanding of torts by comparing the law of the United States and various nations in the Caribbean region, which includes parts of Central and South America. (This description is tentative and the course is pending approval by the Washburn Law faculty.)

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