Curriculum

The program is designed to prepare students for practicing law in the globalized atmosphere of the 21st century by broadening their understanding of International and Civil Law. Four 3-credit courses will be offered; each student must enroll in two of the four courses offered.*

Due to the accelerated pace of the curriculum program, weekday afternoons (except Friday) should be devoted to study. Weekend trips are optional for students.

All courses comply with the standards of the American Bar Association, and the program has been approved by the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education.

Although generally credits earned in an A.B.A. accredited program are completely transferable to your home school, it is unlikely that participation in a study abroad program for only one summer may accelerate graduation. Students should check with their home schools and review A.B.A. Standards for Approval of Law Schools, Rule 304 and Interpretation 304-4, if they desire to accelerate graduation.

*Students must choose one 9:00 a.m. course and one 11:00 a.m. course. The program will be limited to 140 students. Required casebooks and text materials must be purchased by the students at their expense prior to departure for Spain.
Courses and Professors

Professors Mark Summers and Barry Dubner
International Criminal Law and Maritime Crimes
This course will examine the intersection between the Law of the Sea and International Criminal Law. It will cover the treaties and customary international law which are the doctrinal building blocks of the two disciplines. Then it will explore those subjects common to both, such as piracy, human trafficking, hijacking and human rights and the tribunals where these offenses are prosecuted. The course will be taught by Professor Dubner (Law of the Sea) and Professor Summers (International Criminal Law). (Summer-in-Spain only)


Professor Glen-Peter Ahlers
State, Federal and International Copyright Law
This course will explore and survey legal issues associated with state, federal, and international copyright law. Topics will include: what works are protected by copyright, what rights are granted to a copyright owner for how long, what constitutes copyright infringement, how to enforce copyright protection, and defenses to infringement actions. The course is designed to provide not only a solid foundation in U.S. copyright law, but an understanding of the basic international copyright agreements such as The Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention, and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs).


Professor Birdsong
Comparative Immigration Law
This course is designed to provide a comparative look at various immigration schemes from around the world in an effort to develop an appreciation of the development and policy rationales of immigration law schemes throughout the world. The first part of the course will provide a basic introduction to U.S. immigration law and policy. In the second part of the course we will analyze and compare immigration law and policy in other countries and regions including: Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, the UK and the EU, in an effort to analyze their governmental attitudes toward immigration and naturalization.


Monsignor Andrew Anderson
Comparative Law
An overview of the civil law tradition permeating legal systems in Continental Europe, Latin America, and many other parts of the globe. This course explores the Roman law roots of this style of legal reasoning; discusses its distinctive features vis-à-vis the common law; and examines various areas of contemporary and practical interest in the civil law, including legal education and practice. Particular emphasis is given to the processes of authoritative decision-making in Latin America.


Professor Roy Balleste
Internet Governance Law and Policy
The course will analyze the legal and technological landscape faced by nations as they seek to adopt internet governance policies. The class analyzes the Internet’s infrastructure, its impact in society and why the international community must be aware of the governance of this technology. The course will consider governance activities, their relationship to the technical coordination of the Internet and the interests of all stakeholders. Topics to be discussed include, among others, the role of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The course will consider the governance models proposed for the control of the Internet. The policies discussed in class recognize that participation in the global debate of this issue represents a significant challenge, but one rooted in human rights and the protection of access to information.


Professor John Hernandez
Global Perspectives on Tort Recovery
This course will survey the ability to recover for tort-based personal injury and products liability damages from a global perspective. The course will first analyze personal injury and products liability recovery in the United States and explore efforts at tort reform. It will then compare the ability to recover for similar damages under alternate systems. We will survey how such recovery is available and/or limited in the European Union, with a special focus on selected countries, including Spain. We will then compare the recovery systems available in eastern Asian countries, including Japan and China. Lastly, we will explore how the "Law of the Sea" provides for and limits recovery for personal injury and product's liability-based damages. The course will include an exploration of choice of jurisdiction and the extent to which universal health care, societal perspectives and philosophies and the expansion of capitalism and global markets impact on recovery for these tort-based claims.