International Academic Opportunities


As part of the Italy summer program, students spend four weeks in Sorrento, Italy earning up to six course credits from the following courses:

Comparative Corporate Governance (Professor Celia Taylor, 2 credits)
This course will explore corporate governance regimes in the United States and other countries. The focus will be on the respective allocations of power and authority in the various corporate regimes. It will consider issues of corporate structure and regulation under the respective legal frameworks.

Introduction to Italian Law (Professor Amedeo Arena, 1 credit)
This course will cover the basics of the Italian legal system and court structure. The course will be taught in advance of the several court visits to enhance student appreciation of those experiences.

Comparative Competition Law (Professors Roberto Mastroianni and Amedeo Arena, 1 credit)
This course will explore, analyze and compare competition (antitrust) law in the European Union and the United States. The focus will be on the different ways the two legal systems regulate economic power in the marketplace. The course includes a visit to the Italian Competition Authority in Rome.

Comparative Criminal Punishment (Professor Laura Rovner, 2 credits)
This course will begin with an exploration of the purposes of punishment and the deprivation of liberty. We will then investigate the causes of the rapid expansion of the prison population in America, including hardline approaches to addressing drug and gang issues and the ways in which excessively harsh laws and disproportionate sentencing policies have led to dramatic levels of overcrowding and violent and inhumane prison conditions. The course will then focus on the punishment regimes in other countries, including the comparative rights of people who are incarcerated at home and abroad.

Possible Field Trips (subject to change):
o Various courts in Rome (details to follow)
o University of Naples and juvenile detention center in Naples



Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208