The 2022 Madrid Summer Study Abroad Program is cancelled due to the pandemic. The program will be offered again in 2023 (conditions permitting).

Course Descriptions and Schedule

  • Up to 22 students can be accepted in each course offering. 
  • All instruction is in English.
  • 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.

  • Explores and critically examines the intersection of law, family and society.
  • Uses principles of jurisprudence, sociological theory, and empirical research to compare and contrast EU 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.
  • Also examines 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 include marriage, divorce, parent's and children's rights, "third party" rights, domestic violence, adoption, and reproductive technology.
  • Incorporates guest speakers and site visits to places like the Juzgados de Violencia sobre la Mujer (Courts of Violence against Women)

Transnational Business Transactions

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

  • Examines need to harmonize rules governing transnational transactions, to unify diverging domestic legislations and to create a very uniform law on international commerce.
  • Discusses why, what 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.
  • Prominent international instruments will be analyzed to understand common features and diverging characteristics.
  • Several practical exercises (as they will be specified in the final program) will be completed, consisting of the analysis of international instruments, the drafting of contracts ruling transnational transactions and the problem solving in commercial situations.
  • Explores key international organizations.
  • May include visit to the International Organization of Securities Commissions.

Contact Us

Deirdre M. Bowen, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Madrid Study Abroad Program - U.S.
Associate Professor of Law

Madrid Study Abroad Program Administrator

Madrid Summer Study Abroad Program