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Madrid Summer Law Institute Course Descriptions

The program begins Wednesday, May 29, 2019, with an orientation and concludes with final exams on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Students normally enroll in two courses as follows. First, students select: Overview of European Union Law. Second, students select one of the three-credit courses listed below. This works out to a total of five (5) semester hours of credit. 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. and Dean 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 & Comparative Family Law
Prof. Steven K. Homer

This course will expose students to comparative law concepts by examining the different ways that families are created, protected, and dissolved in different legal systems around the world. Students will be invited to consider how different legal systems define “family” and how different cultures imagine the role of the state within the family. The course will also expose students to the international laws that govern the recognition and enforcement of family rights, both as a way to understand how international frameworks operate and as a way to consider what an international law practice must do.
[3 cr.] MTWTh 9:00-11:20 a.m.