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Curriculum: Cuba: Preparing U.S. Lawyers For Future Foreign Investment, Trade and Business Transactions
After 50 years of estrangement and conflict, the United States and Cuba have started the process of normalizing diplomatic, political and economic relations. Over the next few years, substantial opportunities will open up for American investors, businesspeople, and the lawyers needed to facilitate and provide legal advice for trade and investment transactions.
This course will provide an introduction to Cuba, the evolving Cuban legal system, and the Cuban legal and economic framework regulating foreign investment, trade, and international business transactions. Students will study the Cuban legal, political, and economic system, and recent Cuban legislation and regulatory changes in the areas of foreign investment, migration, small enterprises, and self-employment. In addition, students will study the major legal and regulatory issues in key sectors of the Cuban economy such as tourism, energy, mining, and agriculture, to help prepare them for advising U.S. clients doing business in Cuba. The program will include visits to the Cuban Bar Association, a major Havana law firm, the recently renovated Capitol building (built in 1923 after the U.S. capitol in Washington, DC) where the national legislature meets, and a Cuban court proceeding.
In the evenings, students will have ample opportunities to sample Havana's exciting night life, including its numerous jazz and salsa clubs; enjoy the stunning 17th century colonial architecture of Old Havana; visit a wide array of newly sprung restaurants offering amazing cuisine; attend Cuba's world-renowned National Ballet; and interact with Cubans from all walks of life in the midst of a very exciting historic new chapter in relations between Cuba and the United States.
Born and raised in Cuba, Prof. Alberto R. Coll is widely recognized as a leading expert on Cuba. His expertise is often cited on U.S. and international media.