2021 Law and Government Summer Institutes

The Program on Law and Government is pleased to offer three summer institutes focusing on comparative public law, congressional procedure, and congressional investigations.  

Comparative Public Law

June 14 - June 25, 2021
10:00 am to 12:00 noon EDT.

Taught by Jeffrey Lubbers and Oswald Jensen, with Guest Lectures by Fernando Laguarda, Steve Wermiel.

International legal regimes, treaties, and trade agreements have been challenged by the rise of nationalism in recent years, exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic and subsequent global recession. Understanding the role of national legal systems and the judicial, administrative and legislative equities across borders is once again an important skill set for lawyers in a global economy. For example, comparison of regulatory regimes is of crucial importance in addressing today’s pressing challenges in international trade law, privacy regulation, climate change, and the rule of law in general.

Comparative Public Law is a dynamic, new summer program designed to guide you through the basics of comparative law, the role of courts, the regulatory and administrative process, and the workings of legislatures across a range of legal systems, including the U.S., E.U., and numerous other countries around the world. Whether you are a practitioner already wrestling with these complexities, a lawyer who seeks to build a deeper set of skills, or a law student with an interest in the subject, this summer program is tailored for your interests and needs. This will be a two-credit course that can be taken for a certificate of completion or academic credit.* Classes will be entirely online.

*AUWCL students may only take the courses for academic credit.

Congressional Investigations

Tuesday and Thursdays, June 8 - July 8, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Taught by Rachit Choksi, Counsel to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

This graded seminar will explore and analyze the work of Congress as an overseer of the Executive Branch, as well as an investigator of illegal or inappropriate conduct in the private sector.  We will examine the scope of Congressional investigative authority, historical and judicial precedents that have shaped that authority, the actual practice of congressional oversight and investigations, and the role that GAO and extra-congressional entities play in this space.  Because “oversight” can be construed broadly, we will not be discussing the impeachment power, nominations, the Congressional Review Act, or, generally, congressional review of agency rulemakings.  We will also not be covering Congressional oversight of the Judiciary.

Congressional Procedures

Monday, June 21 – Friday, July 2, 2021
10 sessions of 1½ hours a day each weekday

Taught by Bill Dauster, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Just as civil procedure is essential to litigators, congressional procedure is important to those who seek to influence or monitor legislation. This course prepares students to understand the legislative process in Congress. Students learn how the House and Senate rules work, how committees function, how Senators and Members of Congress conduct floor debate, how congressional staff advise them, and how Congress addresses the budget and nominations. Students will play the roles of Senators, Members of Congress, congressional staff, and committee witnesses, as they simulate a committee hearing, Senate floor debate and amendment, and meetings of Members of Congress with their staff. They will assess legislative goals and devise strategies to overcome likely procedural obstacles.