Course Information


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.*

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 are encouraged to check with their home schools and review the 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.

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

Courses – Summer 2020

International Human Rights & Religion
Monday – Friday – 9:00am – 10:50pm
Professor Gordon Butler

LAW 966B

This course will explore the protections afforded by international human rights instruments
modeled on and derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the practice of the
major world religions. Students will explore the major tenants, practices, and beliefs of the
worlds’ religions and the conflicts that arise when such tenants, practices, and beliefs interact
with the civil authorities and with other religions. Case studies will explore the response of
various religious traditions to the human rights standards and demonstrate ways such
standards have protected vital interests such as liberty of conscience, religious pluralism and
equality, free exercise of religion, nondiscrimination on religious grounds, and autonomy for
religious groups. The course will seek to understand the importance of an appropriate balance
for the interaction between law and religion in a thriving twenty-first century global society.

  • International Human Rights & Religion

    Professor Gordon Butler

    Course Materials
    • Syllabus – International Human Rights & Religion – available Spring 2020
Transnational Litigation
Monday – Friday – 9:00am – 10:50pm
Professor Patricia Moore

LAW 855

This course explores the procedural problems that arise when litigation of international private
disputes crosses the boundaries of the United States. The presence of non-U.S. party-litigants
often causes conflicts with foreign substantive and procedural laws, and creates special issues
that the legal practitioner does not encounter in a totally domestic litigation. The primary focus
of the course is to introduce and familiarize the students with the major topics of trans-national
litigation, such as service of U.S. process abroad, service of foreign process in the United States;
law suits pending in U.S. and in foreign court contemporaneously, “parallel jurisdiction”;
default in international litigation; taking U.S. discovery abroad; taking U.S. discovery in the
United States in aid of foreign litigation; protective injunctions, “blocking statutes”; suits in
foreign courts; recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in the United States;
recognition and enforcement of U.S. judgments abroad; foreign sovereign immunities, etc. This
course is a natural complement of and progression from Conflicts of Law and Comparative
Law; however, neither of these courses is a prerequisite.

International Criminal Law
Monday – Friday – 11:00am – 12:50am
Professor Alfredo Garcia

LAW 949

This class will focus on selective international criminal law issues, the impact of legal culture, i.e. the historically conditioned, deeply rooted attitudes about the nature of law and the proper structure, and operation of a legal system that are at large in society. Terrorism and the role of religion are major components of class discussions.

  • International Criminal Law

    Professor Alfredo Garcia

    Course Materials
    • Syllabus – International Criminal Law – available Spring 2020
International Hip Hop Law
Monday – Friday – 11:00am – 12:50am
Professor Donald Tibbs

LAW 702A

This course is an exploration of hip-hop culture as it takes shape in different locations around the world in relation to international human rights law; more specifically the freedom to express, associate, assemble, and openly practice political thought. It will draw upon hip-hop culture’s tremendous ability to be leveraged in multiple localities while always referencing larger global issues. In each international context, we will analyze how voices from the margins, be they immigrant communities in Europe, indigenous communities in Australia, or political movements in Africa and Latin America, are using hip-hop not only to express themselves and their feelings but also to change their societies, and establish transnational networks. Particular attention will be paid to the transnational, geopolitical, and popular cultural vibrancy of the networks that hip-hop wields; and hip hop’s connection to international human rights law around the globe.

  • International Hip Hop Law

    Professor Donald Tibbs

    Course Materials
    • Syllabus – International Hip Hop Law – available Spring 2020