Course Description



Cuba, an island nation neighbor of the United States, just 90 miles off the Florida coast, has a long and complex relationship with the United States. This relationship has been openly hostile since the success of the Cuban revolution in 1959. That the proximity of Cuba affects the national security of the US is undisputed. Likewise, the 11 million inhabitants of the island and the more than 1.3 million Cubans living in the United States have had a dramatic effect on the culture and politics of the United States. This one credit seminar will explore the historical development of Cuba's legal system. Students will be exposed to the civil law, which is the basis of Cuba's present legal system. Additionally, students will examine the evolution of the Cuban constitution and its role in addressing changes in Cuban Society. The course will include field work and research in Havana, Cuba during the week of Spring Break. While in Cuba, we will attend lectures on the Cuban legal system provided by law faculty of the University of Havana and hosted by the National Union of Cuban Jurists. We will also tour the City of Havana and engage in several cultural activities. Students will be required to pay the costs of travel, room and board in Cuba. Travel to Cuba requires a valid passport. Persons born in Cuba must ALSO possess a valid Cuban passport. The seminar will meet every day in Havana, Cuba and on the following dates at Rutgers Law School.

1/14/17, 1/21/17, 1/28/17; 2/4/17, 2/11/17, 2/18/17, 2/25/17;  3/4/17, and 4/1/17