Project Description


Spring Session | Rutgers – Law

Cuban Legal Field Study

A two-credit seminar aimed to explore the historical development of Cuba’s legal system. Students will be exposed to the civil law, which is the basis of Cuba’s present legal system.  We will examine the evolution of the Cuban constitution and its role in addressing changes in Cuban Society. In 1960 the United States imposed an embargo against Cuba.  This embargo, which the Cuban government insisted was a blockade, severely restricts commercial, economic, and financial contact, by persons and entities subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Cuba.  After 50 years of imposing an embargo which sought to topple the regime, in December 2014 President Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations and the opening of an embassy in Havana. To learn more, email:

Prof. Charles Auffant