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Switzerland: Geneva Law Program
Geneva, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Law Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led Credits Earned: 3
Faculty Leader: Greg Bowman, Jena Martin, Josh Fershee
Program Description:

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Switzerland: Geneva Law Program
SwitzerlandApplications for summer 2017 coming soon!

The Geneva Study Abroad Program is a 2 week, 3 credit hour program that provides WVU students with an introduction to international trade law.  No matter what career path you follow, understanding the basic rules of international trade will give you an advantage--an advantage that will become even more important over time.  And there is no better place to study international trade than Geneva, Switzerland--one of the world's leading cultural and international trade centers.

During the program, students will have the opportunity to live in one of Europe's most important cities, visit the United Nations Palace of Justice and World Trade Organization headquarters, and learn from leading experts in international law and international trade.

WVU Law students will be given registration priority for this program, but WVU graduate students from other disciplines are also welcome to participate on a space-available basis.
 

Location

City: Geneva

Country: Switzerland

Population: 188,634

Information: Geneva is a Swiss city that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge. Geneva is one of the greenest cities in Europe: 20% of the country is covered in green areas. It is often called the city of parks. These green areas, in fact, contribute greatly to the quality of life of its inhabitants.



Places of Interest:
International Red Cross and Red Cresent Museum
Lake Geneva
Palace of Nations
 

Academics


LAW 617 - Geneva Study Abroad, section 1 - 2 credits
LAW 793P 7EA - Geneva Study Abroad - 1 credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 
The Geneva Study Abroad Program is a 2 week, 3 credit hour program that provides WVU students with an introduction to international trade law. The international trade framework will be used to provide context for a number of complementary fields such as national security, foreign relations, energy security, and business and human rights. Each of the course segments will be taught by faculty members with expertise in those areas. In addition, the material will be supplemented with guest lecturers and small group discussions.
 
COURSE MATERIALS:
 
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COURSE OVERVIEW:
 
No matter what career path you follow, understanding the legal dynamics this course will teach you will give you an advantage, an advantage that will become even more important over time.  And there is no better place to study international legal intricacies than Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world's leading cultural and international centers. During the program, students will have the opportunity to live in one of Europe's most important cities, visit the United Nations Palace of Justice and World Trade Organization headquarters, and learn from leading experts in international law and international trade. 
 
WVU Law students will be given registration priority for this program, but WVU graduate students from other disciplines are also welcome to participate on a space-available basis.
 
The method of instruction will be through asynchronous online course delivery.  Once the online portion is completed, students will spend  
 
No matter what career path you follow, understanding the legal dynamics this course will teach you will give you an advantage, an advantage that will become even more important over time.  And there is no better place to study international legal intricacies than Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world's leading cultural and international centers. During the program, students will have the opportunity to live in one of Europe's most important cities, visit the United Nations Palace of Justice and World Trade Organization headquarters, and learn from leading experts in international law and international trade. 
 
WVU Law students will be given registration priority for this program, but WVU graduate students from other disciplines are also welcome to participate on a space-available basis.
 
The method of instruction will be through asynchronous online course delivery.  Once the online portion is completed, students will spend the interim preparing and reviewing course materials for the travel section of the course.  They will also begin preliminary research on their paper topics.  The travel portion of the program will be for two weeks, from July 11 to July 25.
 
We live in an era of increasing globalization.  Foreign direct investment and international trade in goods, services, and technology comprise a growing percentage of countries’ GDP, and countries seek to promote beneficial international trade, minimize harmful trade, and multilaterally coordinate certain aspects of international trade. 

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION:  Traditional lectures, group exercises, guest lectures, and visits to international trade institutions and government offices.
 
 
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
 
This course is designed so that by the end of the course you will be able to:

Explain the basic benefits and problems related to international trade, and apply basic international law principles and international economic theory to analyze international trade rules and policies.
Demonstrate an understanding of current international trade regulatory rules at the national and multilateral level.
Apply international trade rules to current challenges faced by the international trade regulation regime.
 
 

Faculty

Greg Bowman
William J. Maier, Jr. Dean
Professor of Law

WVU Foundation 2014 Award for Outstanding Teaching

WVU College of Law 2010-11 Professor of the Year

Education

B.A., West Virginia University, Economics and International Studies, 1990
M.A., University of Exeter, England, Economics of the European Community, 1992
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1994

Biography

Gregory W. Bowman was appointed the William J. Maier, Jr. Dean of the WVU College of Law effective May 1, 2015. Before being named Interim Dean in July 2014, he was serving as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. A nationally recognized scholar in international trade law and remedies, he joined the faculty in 2009.

Bowman is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of WVU (B.A., International Studies & Economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). He also studied in Denmark as a Rotary Exchange Student and received his master’s degree in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Exeter, England, before receiving his J.D. cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities at WVU, Bowman serves as director of the College of Law’s Geneva Study Abroad Program, co-director of the Legal Study in Mexico program, and co-advisor of the Jessup International Moot Court Team.

Bowman received the Award for Outstanding Teaching from the WVU Foundation in 2014, and he was named “Professor of the Year” in 2011 by WVU Law students.

Prior to his teaching career, Bowman practiced law in Chicago and Washington, D.C. with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie.

Bowman lives in Morgantown his two children, Ethan and Abby, and two extremely messy guinea pigs, Reesie and Snowball.


Jena Martin
Associate Dean for Innovation and Global Development
Professor of Law
Education

McGill University B.A. 1994
Howard University School of Law J.D. (cum laude) 1997
University of Texas LL.M. 2006

Biography

Professor Martin was appointed associate dean for innovation and global development in June 2015. She teaches in the areas of business and securities regulations. After practicing for a number of years at the litigation firm of Ross, Dixon & Bell, she joined the United States Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

Professor Martin left the SEC in 2005 to obtain her LL.M. at the University of Texas Law School in the area of international law, with a focus on human rights. Upon graduation, Martin returned to the Washington D.C. area where she consulted for Bloomberg L.P. while doing pro bono work for the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights. Her current scholarship is in the burgeoning academic field of business and human rights issues.

Josh Fershee
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
Professor of Law

Prof. Fershee in the news

Problems of Marcellus Drilling (w/ Prof. Patrick McGinley) – The Law Works—9/25/2014

Education

B.A., Michigan State University
J.D., Tulane Law School

Biography

Professor Joshua Fershee joined the faculty at West Virginia University College of Law in fall 2012. His research and scholarship focus primarily on energy law and corporate law issues. Recent articles have discussed renewable energy programs in the transportation and electricity sectors, climate policy, geothermal energy, and corporate governance. His courses include Business Organizations, Energy Law & Policy, and The Energy Business: Law & Strategy. He was also a co-editor of the Business Law Prof Blog and a contributor to the Agricultural Law Blog.

Professor Fershee received his J.D. magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review. He is also a graduate of Michigan State University, where he received a B.A. in Social Science, with a focus on economics, psychology, and sociology. Before joining WVU, Professor Fershee served as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Research at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Prior to that, he served as a visiting assistant professor of law at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law in State College, PA.

Professor Fershee began his legal career with Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY, where he represented clients in corporate and litigation matters including mergers and acquisitions, derivatives transactions, and securities regulation. He then joined the energy practice group at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, Washington, D.C., where he represented energy clients in matters before state and federal regulators, analyzed state and federal legislation, and advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, climate change issues, and renewable portfolio standards.

Before his legal career, Professor Fershee worked for a Washington, D.C.-based trade association comprised of video and computer game companies where he coordinated the media relations program and conducted intellectual property and anti-piracy training sessions for law enforcement officials (e.g., U.S. Customs and FBI), media, and other key audiences. He then served as a public relations professional in the entertainment technology industry specializing in strategic planning, brand management, and crisis communications with two Los Angeles public relations agencies.
 

Cost

Total Program Cost TBD*   Does not include airfare
Cost includes:
* 3 WVU credit hours
* Lodging
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
* Programmatic Activities


Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OIP with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at (304) 293-4006.
 
 

Misc

Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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