Curriculum Guide · Courses
U.S. and International Customs Law
Professor Richard Chovanec
LL.M Course 780 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
As international trade and commerce have increased over the years, customs law has become increasingly more internationalized, important and complex. This course will examine and provide a basic introduction to the concepts and principles relating to both U.S. and international customs law. This will include an examination of those concepts and principles relating to tariff classification, customs valuation, rules of origin, border enforcement of intellectual property rights and regional trading arrangements (such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the European Union). International efforts to facilitate trade and to harmonize and simplify customs laws and procedures will also be examined together with international organizations dealing with customs laws and procedures (such as the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization). Customs authorities are the guardians of national borders. The role of customs authorities in combating terrorism and criminal activity and in securing and safeguarding national borders will also be examined.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Customs Law.