Course Descriptions and Schedule

We are offering two courses, one in Comparative Family Law and one in Transnational Business Law.  All UCIIIM students are fluent in English. The courses will be taught in English.

Up to 15 students can be accepted in each course offering.  Students choose one of the following courses for 3 credits:

Comparative Family Law

Faculty:  Prof. Deirdre M. Bowen, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Madrid Study Abroad Program, Seattle University School of Law

Schedule:  Monday to Friday, 9:10 to 10:20 a.m.; 10-minute break; 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.; 10-minute break; 11:50 to 1:00 p.m.

This course will explore and critically examine the intersection of law, family and society. Using various principles of jurisprudence, sociological theory, and empirical research, as well as guest speakers and site visits to places like the Juzgados de Violencia sobre la Mujer (Courts of Violence against Women) to compare and contrast European Union and U.S. models, with a special focus on Spain's progressive approach, as well as models from other countries, of family formation and family dissolution. In addition, this course will examine how race, gender and class mediate relational power in whose family life is defined, regulated, and protected under the law versus whose family is created outside the shadow of the law. Topics included marriage, divorce, parent's and children's rights, "third party" rights, domestic violence, adoption, and reproductive technology. 

Given both the compressed nature of the course and its comparative and policy approach, there is no way that all topics covered in a traditional family law course can be explored here. The readings and discussions will include looking at case law, conventions, statutes, and law review articles, and empirical research. The goal is to use this material to understand how to critically examine our own laws as well as others and situate them within a cultural context. In doing so, we can develop more informed policy.

Transnational Business Transactions

Faculty:  Prof. Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Universidad Carlos III Madrid

Monday to Friday, 9:10 to 10:20 a.m.; 10-minute break; 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.; 10-minute break; 11:50 to 1:00 p.m.

This course is aimed at examining the impelling need to harmonize rules governing transnational transactions, to unify diverging domestic legislations and to create a very uniform law on international commerce. It seeks to discuss first why harmonize, what to harmonize and how to harmonize; to trace, afterwards, the harmonizing path over last decades; and finally to highlight the areas where harmonization has been sought with a highest intensity and perseverance in order to understand why sometimes international efforts have succeeded and sometimes have failed instead. The most prominent international instruments will be analyzed in depth seeking for common features and diverging characteristics. The course will entail the completion of several practical exercises (as they will be specified in the final program), consisting of the analysis of international instruments, the drafting of contracts ruling transnational transactions and the problem solving in commercial situations. Finally, the course will explore key international organizations. Field trips may include a visit to the International Organization of Securities Commissions.