Dates: March 11-18, 2017
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.