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Bok Courses

Every year, the Penn Carey Law School curriculum is enriched through the inclusion of several “Bok courses” — intensive short seminars taught by prominent international legal intellectuals from around the world. These one-credit classes offer students unique opportunities to engage in high-level discourse with distinguished legal experts and to gain unique perspectives on specialized topics.


Recent Bok Courses

Bing Bing Jia

Bok Course, Fall 2021: China and International Law

Bok Visiting Professor Bing Bing Jia, Professor of Law at Tsinghua University, looked at international law in the context of topical and challenging case studies, including that of the South China Sea. 

Learn more about this Fall 2021 Bok course

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Bok Course, Fall 2021: International Law and Pandemics

Bok Visiting Professor Armin von Bogdandy, director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and Professor for Public Law at the University in Frankfurt/Main, taught a timely course on the legal implications of pandemics.

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Remote Learning in Bok Courses 2020–2021

As travel halted due to the global pandemic, Penn Carey Law brought the world to its students by inviting a select group of distinguished international scholars to teach remotely.

Read more about the 2020–2021 Bok courses

Muammar Gaddafi

Bok Course, Fall 2017: Human Rights Violations, Atrocity Crimes and the Responsibility to Protect

Bok Visiting Professor Ivan Simonovic’s seminar explored a framework of analysis for atrocity crimes.  

Frank Broomell L’19 reflects on this 2017 Bok course