Ireland Program

Limerick, Ireland and Dublin, Ireland | July 9-28, 2017

The University of Kansas Ireland Program takes students to three of Ireland's most interesting communities. The first two weeks of classes will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Limerick, a relatively new Irish university located on the banks of the Shannon River. The final week will be held at the famous University College Dublin, a short bus ride from Dublin's city center. The first weekend will feature a tour of some of Western Ireland's most scenic spots and two nights in the city of Galway. The second weekend will include two nights in city center Dublin, a pub dinner for all, and a "legal Dublin" tour of prominent Irish legal institutions.

For more information, please contact Professor Stephen McAllister at stevemac@ku.edu.

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Courses

  • Comparative (International) Family Law
    (1 credit) Professor Suzanne Valdez
    This course will survey the law surrounding marriage and the family as the basic social unit in various societies around the world. Topics will include marriage, divorce, annulment, alimony, child custody and support, antenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, adoption, and legitimacy of children.
  • European Constitutional Law in Crisis
    (1 credit) Professor Lua Yuille
    Its size, investment and trade relationships in the world, overlapping geopolitical concerns, and crucial shared values make the European Union one of the United States' most important partners economically, politically, and socially. Consequently, American lawyers are increasingly called upon to be familiar with this influential supranational entity. With that in mind, this course aims to give students a wide-ranging introduction to the European Union in light of the ongoing economic and political challenges facing the expanding (and, now, contracting) 28-country bloc. The course offers an overview of the law and politics of the EU through analyses of its constitutional framework and the key legal and political themes and principles associated with European integration. Special attention will be paid to the 2016 decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, commonly known as Brexit.
  • U.S. Counter-Terrorism Law in an International Context
    (1 credit) Professor Raymond Friel
    This course will look at U.S. counterterrorism law from the perspective of other jurisdictions, in particular signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights. It will look at how the evolution of U.S. counterterrorism law, particularly after 9/11, and its subsequent extension overseas, has conflicted with the laws of foreign allies such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The course will be divided into four primary sections:
    • Attacking terrorists overseas: definition and classification of terrorism and terrorists; justifying military versus law enforcement responses; the use of targeted killings and lethal drones in foreign jurisdictions.
    • Detecting and preventing terrorism: international and domestic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and privacy concerns in European law; monitoring international commercial and financial transactions for terrorist links.
    • Detaining, interrogating and prosecuting terrorists: habeas corpus for non US citizens; US interrogation standards and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); extradition between the US and EU jurisdictions; extraordinary rendition.
    • Information control and secrecy: attempts to control the flow of information on counter terror tactics, including the so called wiki leaks and Julian Assange stand-off.

The course will also contrast the use of similar laws in the United Kingdom when dealing with terrorist activities in Northern Ireland, particularly between 1969 and today.


Faculty

  • Raymond Friel, School of Law, University of Limerick, graduated from the Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Ireland, in 1984 and from the University of Exeter, England, in 1986 with an LL.M. in European Law. He joined the faculty at the law school in Limerick in 1989. He served as Head of the School of Law there from 1996 to 2002. In 2007 he was re-appointed Head of the Law School until 2010. He is the author of several monographs and has published widely in the sphere of commercial and European law. Currently he is Director of Research at the School of Law and Director of the International Commercial and Economic Law Centre. He is Principal Investigator on the legal data environment for an EU research project on autonomous automobile safety systems with a total fund of nearly €5 million and a variety of partners including Honda motor vehicles.
  • Suzanne Valdez, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Kansas, teaches Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program, Deposition Skills Workshop, Practice in Kansas, Pretrial Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility. Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 1999, Valdez was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from KU Law in 1996. She was a member of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a research and teaching assistant, a participant in the Legal Aid Clinic, and winner of a Foulston & Siefkin Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award and the 1996 Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award. Valdez was the recipient of the 2000 Immel Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2002 Moreau Award for commitment to advising students.
  • Lua Yuille, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kansas, teaches Business Associations, Corporate Governance, Immigration, and Property. Her interdisciplinary scholarship connects property theory, business law and group identity. Prior to joining the KU Law faculty in 2013, Yuille served as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and an extern for Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck of the Southern District of New York. She was a socio-economic development lawyer in Latin America and spent nearly a decade at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. She also maintained a robust pro bono immigration litigation practice. Yuille received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, an undergraduate degree, with honors, from The Johns Hopkins University, and a graduate diploma in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.

Admission Requirements

Open to all KU Law students who have completed the first-year curriculum in good standing. Applicants should submit an application by March 15, 2017.

Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), D- (.7) and F (0).


Tuition

Please refer to the Office of Study Abroad's website for a breakdown of costs for this program.


Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ireland. Once enrolled, students will receive an informational packet with information on airline options, travel options in Ireland, and points of interest. The packet also includes general information about living in Ireland for three weeks. Students should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package.


Housing

Housing at the University of Limerick will be on campus. The campus features a number of amenities, including ATMs, laundry and dry cleaning, a bookstore and three active pubs. Housing during the Galway and Dublin-center excursions will be at hostels unless the student makes his/her own arrangements. Housing during the final course week will be on campus at University College Dublin.


Cancellation

Students must notify the University of Kansas by letter or email of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after being accepted for the program, s/he will be liable for the program deposit plus any non-recoverable expenses incurred on the participant's behalf. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason, including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, notices will be sent to all students and all money will be refunded.


Financial Aid

Please inquire about the possibility of financial aid and scholarships with your law school's study abroad coordinator.


Health And Liability Insurance

KU Law is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students are strongly urged to obtain health insurance that will cover them while outside the United States.


Students with Disabilities

Facilities in Limerick are generally not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as are facilities within the United States. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.


Ireland Contact

Professor Raymond Friel
School of Law
Foundation Building, University of Limerick
Castletroy, Limerick
Ireland
Phone: + 353 61 202348
raymond.friel@ul.ie

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Questions?

Stephen McAllister
stevemac@ku.edu
785-864-9236

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