Madrid Summer Law Institute

Course Descriptions

The program begins Sunday, May 31, 2015 with an orientation, and concludes with final exams on Saturday, June 27, 2015. All classes meet Monday through Thursday, June 1 through June 25, 2015. 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 Entertainment and Sports Law – Profs. Sherri Burr and Alfred Mathewson

This course is designed to introduce students to the legal, business, and creative aspects of the global entertainment and sports industries. The portion of the course covering international entertainment law will explore the acquisition of rights, employment of talent, finance, production, distribution, and performance, exhibition and sale of international entertainment properties. The portion of the course covering international sports law will explore international law regulating players, sports governing bodies, free movement of players, intellectual property, media and publicity rights, anti-doping and anti-gambling rules, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In every class, the last 20 minutes will be devoted to role plays and simulations on the role of lawyers. Professors also plan to invite Spaniards involved in the entertainment and sports industries to occasionally guest lecture.
[3 cr.] MTWTh 9:00-11:20 a.m.