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Summer Law Program in Madrid Faculty

Summer Law Program in Madrid faculty are internationally recognized scholars who provide students with a well-rounded academic experience. 

Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta

Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta, J.D.

Professor Borrajo Iniesta was an associate professor of law at the Complutense University in Madrid from 1984 - 1989 and was appointed a full professor of law at the University of Navarra, where he taught from 1993 - 1995. He has also lectured at the Sorbonne in Paris, the European University in Florence, Italy, the Academy of European Public Law in Spetses, Greece and at the College of William and Mary, both in Virginia and at their summer program. He is currently senior staff attorney at the Constitutional Court of Spain in Madrid, where he also teaches at the University Institute Ortega y Gasset. He has collaborated as an expert with the Council of Europe in the fields of human rights and the rule of law, and he has published widely in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, European Community law, due process and other public law subjects. He has a J.D. and a Doctor in Law from Complutense University of Madrid and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Erika Cohn

Erika Cohn, J.D.
Director, Vincent C. Immel Law Library
Professor, Center for International and Comparative Law

Professor Erika Cohn joined SLU LAW in 2012. She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, and her M.L.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Professor Cohn teaches Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Law Research, and Advanced Legal Research. She also lectures on copyright issues and specialized legal research topics including transactional drafting research, free and low-cost legal research, and seminar research.

Prior to joining SLU LAW, Professor Cohn was the Copyright and Digital Access Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. She is licensed in Missouri and has previously practiced in the areas of products liability, premises liability, transportation, and insurance law. She is also an active member of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.

Javier Martinez-Torron

Javier Martinez-Torron, J.D.

Professor Martínez-Torrón has been a professor of law (Catedrático) at Complutense University of Madrid since 2000. Formerly a professor at the University of Granada (1993 - 2000), his teaching areas are comparative law, law and religion, marriage law and Canon Law. In these areas he has published extensively in 18 countries and eight languages. He has taught or lectured at numerous universities and international conferences in Europe, America and Asia. He has developed part of his research at Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University and Harvard University, among others. He is vice president of the Canon Law and Law-and-Religion section of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation. He was co-founder of the Spanish Association of Comparative Law and a member of its board of directors. He is also a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, the OSCE/ODIHR Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Advisory Commission on Religious Freedom in the Spanish Ministry of Justice and the Bioethics Committee of the Autonomous Region of Madrid. He has a  J.D. from the University of Granada and a J.C.L., J.S.D., and a J.C.D. from the University of Navarra.

Ira Trako

Ira H. Trako, J.D.
Assistant Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
Director, LL.M. Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

Professor Ira Herenda Trako teaches Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court. Her areas of focus include criminal law, international and comparative criminal law, international law and immigration law. Prior to joining SLU LAW, Prof. Trako worked as a criminal defense attorney at a law firm in St. Louis. She focused her practice on municipal and state criminal cases, appeals, and immigration law as it applies to criminal convictions.

Prof. Trako is a licensed member of the Missouri Bar Association (MoBar). She is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA’s Section of International Law, where she currently serves as vice-chair (diversity) of the Section’s International Legal Education Committee and a steering group member of the International Criminal Law Committee.

Sidney Watson

Sidney D. Watson, J.D.
Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of Law

Professor Watson is a specialist in health law and health care access for the poor. She has spent her legal career advocating on behalf of low-income people, both as a legal services lawyer and as a law professor.

Currently, Professor Watson is advocating for better access to quality, affordable health insurance and health care by serving as policy and legal advisor for a statewide coalition of grassroots consumer health advocates. She has received funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health to support this work and the school’s Grassroots Health Law, Policy and Advocacy course that allows students to do grassroots health policy work on behalf of consumers.

Professor Watson is a frequent speaker to consumer, disabilities rights and children’s groups about the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and access to care. She has written more than 50 law review and other scholarly articles on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, health reform, Medicaid, and health care for those who are homeless. She is editor of the book, Representing the Poor and Homeless: Innovations in Advocacy. She also authored the book, An Advocate’s Guide to Missouri MC+/Medicaid for People with Disabilities and three editions of the book, A Georgia Advocate’s Guide to Health Care.

Lorena Bachmaier Winter

Lorena Bachmaier Winter, J.D.

Professor Bachmaier Winter has been a professor of the faculty of law at Complutense University since 1996, where she teaches both criminal and civil procedure. She has written extensively on the subject of procedure and lectured in universities and governmental agencies in Europe and Latin America. She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation and the Ibero-American Association of Procedural Law and has consulted for Spain’s Ministry of Justice. Over the years she has been a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a visiting scholar in the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany), the University of California-Berkeley and Harvard University. Her comparative legal studies are focused on human rights and procedure, international judicial cooperation, comparative law and the EU process of legal harmonization. She has a J.D. from Complutense University of Madrid, an M.A. from Complutense University and a J.S.D. from Complutense University.