Global Lawyering in the 21st Century
This course will examine the most salient questions facing lawyers in international and cross-border legal practice, including why international and cross-border lawyering is functionally distinct from lawyering in purely domestic contexts? What unique skills and knowledge are needed to be an international lawyer? Which ethical rules apply to attorney conduct in cross-border settings? What happens when attorneys are subject to multiple different ethical obligations or when (as is often the case) it is uncertain which rules apply? What special professional and professionalism challenges arise in advocacy before international tribunals? What specialized communication and cultural skills are needed for operating in a cross-border and multi-cultural legal environment? What are attorney obligations in light of client bribery of foreign officials or violations of foreign law? What special rules apply when representing or opposing governmental entities? What are the obligations and limitations in attorney aid to clients in evading law through international arbitrage? This course satisfies the upper-level writing seminar requirement.