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 and Comparative Intellectual Property (H) (2 credits)
This course will equip students with the understanding and skills to engage in international intellectual property practice on both public and private international law levels and also provide students with a comparative angle for assessing the issues in international intellectual property law. Covered topics include territoriality, national treatment, and multilateral treaties (such as TRIPS, Paris and Berne Conventions) that frame the substantive rules of international intellectual property law. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Assistant Professor Leah Chan Grinvald
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 July 2 to 4 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 Distribution and Agency (H) (2 Credits)
Students will examine the most important models of product distribution that are used by U.S. companies selling their products outside the United States through foreign sales intermediaries. Students will begin by exploring the differences between distributorships and commissioned agencies. Students will then explore significant items that should be considered whenever a client appoints a foreign sales intermediary. This will include choice of law, method of dispute resolution, and termination. The course will also include particular focus on the European Union.
Associate Professor William P. Johnson
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 non-credit, hour-long introductory Spanish language class will be held every Monday through Thursday between May 24 and June 30. It will not conflict with other classes.
Professor Julio Lasarte
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