Spain: Summer Semester in Madrid
European Human Rights Law (H) (2 Credits)
This course provides an overview of the protection of civil and political rights in Europe, both those protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union law. It will focus on recent developments, including the new Lisbon Treaty (effective December 2009) and the situation of new and old democracies since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It will also examine the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Some selected areas shall be emphasized, such as the right to life and physical integrity, international migrations, and linguistic, religious and cultural pluralism.
Professor Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta
International Criminal Law with Hague visit (H) (2 Credits)
This course will focus on the substantive criminal law used in the prosecutions of crimes arising out of mass atrocities in the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC), in the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and for Rwanda (ICTR), as well as in various hybrid courts dealing with Sierra Leone, East Timor, Cambodia, etc. We will focus on the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in violation of the Geneva Conventions. We will also examine the general principles of criminal law such as: justifications, excuses, rules of complicity, command responsibility, etc. From June 29, 2014 to July 2, 2014 the class will visit the ICC and ICTY in The Hague, watch parts of trials, and meet and speak with judges and other officials working in the international courts.
Professor Stephen C. Thaman
International Sales Law (H) (2 Credits)
2.3 trillion dollars. That's the total value of merchandise purchased by U.S. importers from sellers located outside the United States during 2012 alone. U.S. exporters sold more than 1.5 trillion dollars' of merchandise in the same year. In today's global environment, even small companies engage in cross-border purchase or sale of components, supplies, equipment and finished goods. Every commercial lawyer must therefore be prepared to counsel clients on sales transactions across national borders.
This course will help you get there. The main focus is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), an international sales law in force in the United States and for most of our significant trading partners. We will look carefully at important provisions of the CISG, while considering the many different roles played by a commercial lawyer at various stages of an international sales transaction.
Associate Professor William P. Johnson
Negotiating International Business Transactions (H) (2 credits)
This experiential skill-building course will focus on the theory and practice of negotiation, with a particular emphasis on the negotiation of international business transactions. During every session of this course, students will participate in negotiation exercises designed to develop skills that are of significant importance for transnational law practice. The readings and experience of the exercises are designed to enhance law students' understanding of distributional and interests-based approaches to negotiation, the context of transnational negotiation, the impact of using agents, common barriers to successful negotiation (and strategies to overcome them) and how the process of mediation compares with negotiation. The great majority of our class time will be spent actively engaged in negotiation exercises, simulations and discussion. Students will learn to more effectively analyze and prepare for negotiations and will be able to extend their skills through participating in, observing and analyzing complex simulations and negotiation case scenarios.
Professor Carol Needham
Introduction to the Civil Law Systems (H) (2 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to the civil law tradition as it has developed in today's continental European legal systems. Students will be introduced to historical sources of the civil law tradition, such as Roman and Canon Law and the Code Napoleon. We will gain an understanding of how and why the tradition of codified law developed on the European continent in contrast to the common law tradition in England. The basic structure, principles and jurisprudence of the civil law systems will be explored and compared to those of the common law, leading the student to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of both traditions. Students will also study the areas in which trends toward convergence or divergence of civil law and common law can be identified, and the questions they raise in the context of the European unification process. Particular attention will be given to the development of the civil law tradition in Spain and to Spanish procedure and jurisdiction as well as to EU legal institutions. The course will not presuppose any knowledge of the civil law tradition or comparative law.
Professors Lorena Bachmaier Winter & Javier Martínez-Torrón
Introduction to Spanish (No Credit)
This complimentary, non-credit, hour-long introductory Spanish language class will be held every Monday through Thursday.
Professor Julio Lasarte