Courses for the 2019 Summer Law Program in Madrid
- Creating Rule of Law in Eastern Europe: The Threat of Authoritarianism and Nationalism
Prof. Lorena Bachmaier Winter
In December 1991, the Soviet Union disintegrated into fifteen separate states. Since then, one of the major challenges has been building up new legal systems in eastern Europe based on democratic principles and the rule of law rather than authoritarian control. The continuing armed conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine and challenges to the independence of the judiciary in Poland show how fragile the rule of law is in these states.
In this course, students will examine the major challenges facing the establishment of new democracies in eastern Europe based on the rule of law, with a special focus on certain crucial areas, including the justice system, separation of powers and the protection of human rights in countries like Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Caucasus. Students will better understand not only protection of individual rights in new European democracies, but also the administration of justice and European legal culture in a broader sense.
- European Human Rights Law (2 credits)
Prof. Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta
This course provides an overview of the protection of civil and political rights in Europe, including those protected by both the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union Law. It will focus on recent developments, including the 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.
- Health, Trade and National Security (2 credits)
Prof. Sidney D. Watson
Health has been forced onto the global political and legal agenda by a series of challenging problems: recurring reports of Ebola in Africa; fear of a pandemic and deadly flu outbreak; tobacco trade, mining and other hazardous ventures in developing countries by multinational corporations; safety of the global food supply chain, and access to affordable medicine in developing countries. Global health law involves issues of trade, security, economic development, justice and human rights.
This course will introduce the major actors, institutions and legal frameworks of in global health. It will consider hotly contested global health issues, including controlling the international spread of infectious disease, making basic health care and public health services available to all, defining a human right to health, financing health programs, providing access to patented drugs, and regulating the use of tobacco. The course uses a series of interactive case studies and simulations to teach students to think strategically about health, trade and national security.
- Immigration and Crime in the International Context (1 credit)
Prof. Ira H. Trako
Record numbers of non-citizens and undocumented non-citizens are moving across borders and seeking temporary or permanent stay in the United States and the European Union. Some come as part of the global refugee crisis, some come for student and work opportunities, others seek to be reunited with family. Many fear that increased immigration will result in more crime. This course will examine immigrant and migrant crime rates, immigration policies related to criminal activity, international immigration and migrant rights, and the social and racial inequalities among immigrant groups. This course will also offer a comparative overview of the immigration issues that arise if a non-citizen commits a crime within the United States or select European Union countries.
- Intellectual Property in Crisis (1 credit)
Prof. Erika Cohn
In today’s global economy, creative works, brand equity, and technological innovations are vital assets. When these assets cross national borders tensions can arise. In this course, we will explore hot button international intellectual property questions ripped straight from the headlines. Will China continue to scoff at IP protection and escalate a trade war? What impact will Brexit have on IP rights in the EU and around the world? Will the EU’s recent proposal to require online platforms like YouTube and Facebook to proactively police copyright infringement stifle free speech? What are the economic and consumer health and safety implications of counterfeit goods? How do patents affect access to new medicines and technologies in developing countries? What kind of protections should there be for indigenous populations from exploitation of their traditional knowledge and cultural expressions? After surveying the basic concepts of intellectual property law, we will tackle these issues and more.
- Introduction to the Civil Law System (1 credit)
Prof. Javier Martinez-Torron
U.S. law schools teach common law, the legal tradition of the English-speaking world. This course is an introduction to the other major legal tradition of the modern Western world, the civil law. The civil law tradition is derived from Roman law and comprises the legal systems of almost all European countries, Latin America, and large parts of Africa. It has also influenced many Asian countries, including China and Japan.
The aim is to help American law students understand the language and concepts of the civil law systems that their clients who have business, family or personal interests in civil law countries will experience.
This course will focus on the civil law tradition as it has developed in today’s continental European and Latin-American legal systems. Students will also study the areas in which civil law and common law trend toward convergence or divergence, and the questions they raise in the context of the European unification process.
- Intro to Spanish
Prof. Julio Lasarte
This course will provide students with a general introduction to Spanish and is designed for beginners as well as those who want a refresher. The class focuses on Spanish culture, history, food and music.
The 2019 Summer Law Program in Madrid will run from May 20 through June 30, 2019. Most classes will be held in the morning and early afternoon, and students will have some Fridays off for travel and leisure. The final exams will be administered from June 28 through June 30, 2019.
Student Performance and Grading
The Saint Louis University School of Law Summer Law Program in Madrid is an ABA-approved foreign summer program. Students may earn up to 6 credits upon completing the Summer Law Program in Madrid. Grades are measured primarily by final examinations and the grades used are A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F. Students who are not enrolled at Saint Louis University School of Law may be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students will be given the same credit as if they were at the SLU LAW campus, but the acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by your home school. Please discuss your school's grading preference with your dean's office before applying to the program.