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Madrid Summer Law Institute Course Descriptions

The program begins Sunday, June 3, 2018, with an orientation and concludes with final exams on Saturday, June 30, 2018. All classes meet Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 28, 2018. 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.

Comparative Criminal Law
Professor Scott England

This course will introduce students to comparative criminal law. The course will focus primarily on how the substantive criminal law of the United States compares to that of other legal systems. Topics will include comparing requirements for criminal liability, comparing general defenses, and comparing specific offenses. By inviting students to consider how American law compares to alternative approaches, this course should deepen students’ understanding of criminal law.

[2 cr.] MTWTh 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

International Business Transactions
Profs. Nathalie Martin & Stewart Paley

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.

Immigration Law: The Comparative and International Law of Economic Migration
Prof. Serge Martinez

Economic dislocation and armed conflict have led to a significant increase in economic migration--authorized and unauthorized--to the world's wealthier regions. Each year, millions of people take increasingly perilous journeys across one or more international borders in search of work and opportunity for their families. The humanitarian, political and legal issues resulting from this unprecedented movement of people cross multiple political boundaries, and any response will necessarily involve multiple legal regimes and require cross-border cooperation and international coordination. This course addresses legal issues that affect migrant workers while in transit and after reaching their destination countries. We look at domestic law and policy to compare the ways that migrant workers are protected (or unprotected) by domestic law, particularly labor and employment law. We also explore international law and policy regarding the rights of migrants and the obligations of states. In addition, we identify and analyze the forces that affect the enforcement of migrant workers' rights and assess proposals for reform.
[3 cr.] MTWTh 9:00-11:20 a.m.