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Concordia University School of Law

Friday, June 17, 2005

Cruise Ships and the Disabled

SCOTUSblog has some further thoughts about the Supreme Court's recent decisions in Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines; a case involving the application of Title III of the ADA to foreign cruise ships.   

Also, during the January Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, the maritime law section will be discussing this case in more detail.  Here is a brief line-up of the speakers and a brief description of their talks:

        "Civil Rights on a Cruise ~ Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines" 
        Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 3:30 to 5:15 p.m.
        Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras at the Mississippi River.


        Jack Beermann (BU) on problems of civil rights litigation in this context
        Dean Mary Crossley (Pittsburgh) on special problems of ADA litigation
        Curtis Bradley (Duke) on extraterritorial application of U.S. civil rights law
        Sarah Cleveland (Texas) on international norms of civil and human rights
        Dean Symeon Symeonides (Willamette) on the choice of law problem in Spector

        Program Summary
        "Civil Rights on a Cruise ~ Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines"

        What are Americans' civil rights on a cruise?  Should the protections of our civil rights statutes apply to American passengers on foreign-flag ships plying international and foreign waters?  These are among the intriguing questions posed by the situation in Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines.  What does international law have to say about this?  And what is the bearing of existing case law on the enforcement of statutory civil rights in this context?  What is the bearing of the Supreme Court's recent jurisprudence on extraterritorial applications of U.S. law, when the law involved is a civil rights statute?  What particular features of litigation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act are engaged by the special facts of Spector?  A panel of experts will address these and other interesting issues.  Jack Beermann (Boston University) will consider the bearing, in this novel context, of general problems of civil rights enforcement.  Curtis Bradley (Duke) will discuss extraterritorial application of U.S. civil rights law.  Sarah Cleveland (Texas) will delve into relevant international human rights norms. Dean Symeon Symeonides (Willamette) will speak on the choice of law problem presented by Spector.  Dean Mary Crossley (Pittsburgh) will tackle issues of disability litigation as transposed to shipboard.  They will have before them the Supreme Court's June 6 decision in the case, and will comment not only on the general issues Spector raises, but on the opinions in the case as well. 

Looks like a terrific program!  [bm]

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