The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
This course is intended to prepare a student for practice that increasingly involves a cross-border element, such as foreign parties, transactions, or events occurring outside the US. The course focuses on contemporary problems raised in international private dispute resolution, including civil litigation of international cases in US courts, with a look at comparative procedure in European Union law and practice and to a lesser extent also international arbitration. The course includes the following topics: jurisdiction over foreign parties; extraterritorial application of US law; service of process abroad; discovery/obtaining evidence abroad; proof of foreign law in US courts; choice of forum issues, including both federal and state courts, here and abroad; parallel litigation and forum non conveniens; choice of law in the international context; enforcement of foreign judgments; foreign sovereign immunity and Act of State doctrine.