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Madrid Summer Law Institute Course Descriptions

The program begins on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and concludes with final exams on Thursday, July 2, 2020. 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. 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.

Comparative Animal Law
Prof. Michelle Rigual

This course will introduce students to the way different countries and cultures treat animals under the law and scrutinize the social, scientific, religious, economic and philosophical concepts that support the various legal frameworks. Throughout, the substantive law of the United States will be compared to that of other legal systems, with special attention given to the laws of Spain. By inviting students to consider how American law compares to alternative approaches, this course should deepen students' understanding of animal law theory and practice.

[3 cr.] MTWTh 9:00-11:20 a.m.