Madrid Summer Law Institute

Course Descriptions

The program begins Sunday, June 1, 2014 with an orientation, and concludes with final exams on Saturday, June 28, 2014. All classes meet Monday through Thursday, June 2 through June 26, 2013. Students normally enroll in two courses as follows. First, all students take the two-credit course on European Union law. Second, students select either one of the other two three-credit courses. This works out to a total of five (5) semester hours of credit. Note that all courses are taught in English.

Overview of European Union Law - Profs. Bruno Aguilera Barchet, María Pilar Trinidad, Angelines Cano Linares, and Yolanda Dutrey Guantes, and others

The goal of this course is to give students a general introduction to European Union law. The course starts with the history of European integration, giving students the opportunity to compare U.S. history and the history of the EU. The course then tackles EU values such as human rights, freedom, and democracy. Next, business aspects of the EU are considered from a practical point of view. Finally, the course will cover international dispute resolution issues in the context of the EU. For example, students will learn which European country's courts have jurisdiction to hear a case, what law that court will apply, what remedies the court may award, and how a judgment given in one country may be enforced in another. The course will include a site visit to a Spanish law firm as well as to the European Association of Arbitration.
[2 cr.] MTWTh 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

International Business Transactions - Prof. Sergio Pareja

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with transactional and litigation issues that affect international business through the use of hypothetical fact patterns. With respect to international transactions, we will explore the sale of goods, issues of international agreements, foreign direct investment, transnational funding, and international franchises. With respect to international litigation, we will focus on rights and remedies, choice of law, choice of forum, and international arbitration. Although the focus of the course is on general international business law around the world, hypothetical fact patters will often involve transactions between companies in the United States and Europe.
[3 cr.] MTWTh 9:00-11:20 a.m.

International Law and Popular Culture – Profs. Nathalie Martin and Stewart Paley

What is international law and how does it relate to national law? How do states enter into treaties and how do these treaties interact with customary law? What protection does the international community accord the dignity of individuals in time of war and peace? Does international law meaningfully regulate the use of military force by governments and other armed groups? These are some of the questions we will ask in this class. We will address these questions by exploring the basic concepts of international law through a problem-oriented approach. The course will also include a current events component, through which students will share current news events (like the current Snowden controversy), determine what law applies to the event, and discuss how an international court might rule on issues related to the case. We will also discuss how to resolve complex controversies through non-litigation means.
[3 cr.] MTWTh 9:00-11:20 a.m.