William and Mary Law School

Offered Courses

All classes are taught in English and are limited to a maximum of 45 students. Classes are held Monday-Thursday in a block schedule. The schedule is designed to comply with ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure and provides students free afternoons and 3-day weekends, leaving the maximum amount of time to explore Spain and European culture.  

Students may choose to enroll in one, two, or three classes.  However, if you will be receiving financial aid for the summer, check to see if your school requires a minimum number of credits

Although our program is ABA and AALS accredited, be sure to check with your dean’s office to verify that credits you earn will count toward your degree.  Also verify that you will receive credit for courses if the subject matter is similar to courses you have already taken or may take at your home school or in another external program.

 We reserve the right to omit, substitute, or reschedule courses. Registrants will be notified promptly of any changes made. 


Students may choose to enroll in one, two, or three of the following classes:

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M12   International Environmental Law   -   Professor: Alonso  -  2 credits

The course considers topics such as the institutional framework of international environmental regimes; the cooperative system of management of global environmental problems (climate change, biodiversity loss...) and of the global commons (atmosphere, oceans, Antarctica...); liability in transboundary pollution; international environmental torts and human rights; environmental issues in transnational contracts, mergers, and acquisitions; debt for nature swaps; and international trade and the environment (WTO and the environment; unilateral environmental measures and trade sanctions; shipping of hazardous waste; CITES…).

 Enrique Alonso GarcíaEnrique ALONSO GARCÍA  Consejero Permanente de Estado (Permanent Councillor of State). Former Professor of Law and UNESCO Chair for the Environment, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos  and Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA), he now only participates occasionally and exceptionally in congresses, seminars, workshops, conferences or professional courses; J.D., S.J.D., Complutense University of Madrid; LL.M., University of Virginia. Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Law School. Ex-Director General of Nature Conservation in Spain, Professor Alonso was head of the National Fish & Wildlife, National Parks, National Forests, and National Marine Sanctuaries Services. He has also been Senior Of Counsel at Baker & McKenzie, and Chief Negotiator for the Spanish Government and the EU on international environmental conventions. Professor Alonso has taught in our Madrid summer law program since its inception in 1988.

M13   Securities Regulation in Europe   -   Professor: Rubio  -  2 credits

The course examines the European framework regulating the provision of financial services and markets, from the initial  Financial Services Action Plan (FSAP) to the regulations recently enacted as a result of the financial crisis. The aim of the course is to give participants an understanding of the concepts underlying the regulation and a sense of its general framework. This framework can be used to understand the specific regulations, from internal organization requirements to the treatment of conflicts of interest.

María Gracía Rubio de CasasMaría Gracía RUBIO DE CASAS  Adjunct Professor, International Securities Regulations, Instituto de Empresa Business School.  LL.B., Universidad Complutense de Madrid; LL.M., Harvard University.  Professor Rubio served as Legal Advisor to the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (Securities and Exchange Commission).  She leads the Financial Institutions Regulations area in Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office, where she advises Spanish and international investment services firms providing local and cross-border financial services in Europe.  From 2006 to 2009, she was appointed by the European Commission to the European Securities Markets Expert Group to advise the Commission on the reform of securities markets regulations.  Professor Rubio first taught in the summer program in 1992.

M16   Comparative Corporations   -   Professor: Guerra  -  2 credits

An exploration of the legal structure of corporate institutions both in the United States and Europe, emphasizing the control of managers in publicly held corporations.  The course initially focuses on topics such as the different business organizations; the mechanisms to establish US/European corporations; and the distribution of authority among shareholders, directors and officers.  The course then moves to the differing views of the corporation's proper role in society and the present debate, on both sides of the Atlantic, about the ideal corporate governance structure.

Guillermo Guerra MartínGuillermo GUERRA MARTÍN  Professor, Commercial and Corporate Law, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.  Partner, Baker & McKenzie, specializing in M&A and Corporate Governance practice. LL.B., Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Ph.D., Universidad Rey Juan Carlos; Visiting Researcher and Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School; Ricercatore Straniero, University of Bologna.  Professor Guerra authored the book The Governance of US Listed Corporations: Its Influence in the Reform Movement of European Law (2003) and has published several legal articles about corporate law, securities markets and takeovers. Professor Guerra began teaching in the summer law program in 2001.

M01   Human Rights in Europe   -   Professor: Guillén  -  1 credit

A survey of European human rights and freedoms, both under the European Convention of Human Rights and the legal system of the European Union.  Special attention shall be devoted to differences in the legal framework and techniques used under the two European systems, as well as its main enforcers: the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

Javier Guillén CaramésJavier GUILLÉN CARAMÉS  Professor, Administrative and EU Law, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. LL.B., Ph.D., Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School.  Professor Guillén has served as Legal Advisor to the Spanish Parliament on Constitutional and Public Administration Affairs. In law practice, he has been involved in the areas of administrative, consumer protection, EU, and constitutional law. He has published extensively in the fields of administrative law, EU law, consumer law, and antitrust law. He has been Visiting Professor at different Universities like William & Mary Law School  (2006 and 2009), Georgetown University (2010 and 2012), Leeds University (2002), Universidad del Norte (2004). Professor Guillén joined the William & Mary summer law program in 1998 and is now Academic Co-Director.

M05   European Union Law and Politics  -  Professor: Areilza  -  1 credit

An introduction to the European Union (EU) legal system and the political work of its institutions, with an appendix on NAFTA. The course studies EU decision-making, focusing on the Commission, the Council and European Parliament.  Attention will be given to the Community's system of legal remedies and the European Court of Justice, its constitutional principles, and the expansion of Community powers.  Finally, the course covers rules on free movement of goods inside the European market.

José M. de AreilzaJosé M. de AREILZA  Professor of Law, ESADE Law School, and Secretary General of Aspen Institute Spain. LL.B., Universidad Complutense de Madrid; M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard Law School; member, New York Bar. Professor Areilza served as Advisor to the Spanish Prime Minister on European and North American affairs (1996-2000) and was Jean Monnet Chair and Dean at IE Law School. Visiting professor at W&M in 2005, 2009, 2001 and 2012. Professor Areilza began teaching in the summer law program in 1996.

M22  Intro. to Civil & Comparative Constitutional Law  -  Professor: Ahumada  -  1 credit 

Structured in two parts, the course begins by introducing the particular approach to the law and the distinct way of legal thinking that characterize the civil law legal tradition and mark the contrast with the common law legal culture.  It explores how and why these two legal paths developed and examines the contemporary trend towards convergence.  The second part focuses on major aspects of comparative constitutional law. Against the background of successive waves of democratization after the Second World War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, consideration will be given to the issues of constitution-making, designing democracy, constitution-interpreting and constitutional courts.  The phenomenon of judicial globalization will also be given special attention.

Marian Ahumada RuizMarian AHUMADA RUIZ  Professor of Constitutional Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Constitutional Court Law Clerk. LL.B., Universidad de Valladolid; Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Diploma of Specialization in Constitutional Law and Political Science, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales; Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute; 2006 Global Research Fellow, NYU School of Law. Professor Ahumada was Deputy Director of the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid and Member of the European Commission of Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). From 2009-2011 she served as Director General of Legal Coordination in the Ministry of the Presidency. Author of the book Constitutional Jurisdiction in Europe: Political and Theoretical Foundations (2005), Professor Ahumada began teaching in our program in 2004.

M04   The Legal System of the European Union   -   Professor: Becerril  -  2 credits

After a brief introduction on the motives and history of European integration, the course provides an accurate portrait of the general framework and functioning of the legal system of the European Union, with special emphasis on the decision-making process, the distribution of power between member states and the EU, and the principles that govern the relationship between the legal systems of the EU and its member states.  Additional study will follow on the legal setting of the European Common Market.  Attention will be paid to the economic liberties guaranteed by the Treaty of Rome, as well as the other rights and duties shaping the legal environment of any corporation conducting business in Europe. 

Belén BecerrilBelén BECERRIL  Professor, European Union Law, Universidad CEU San Pablo.  LL.B., Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, ICADE; LL.M., Université Catholique de Louvain; Ph.D., Universidad CEU San Pablo.  Professor Becerril is the Deputy Director of the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos of Universidad CEU San Pablo, a think tank on European affairs.  She is the author of many publications and scholarly articles on European Union Law and European integration.  During the drafting of the European Union Constitution, Professor Becerril was an advisor to Gabriel Cisneros, member of the European Convention on the Future of Europe.

M18   European Internet Law   -   Professor: García Mexía  -  2 credits

An overview of this increasingly globalized area of the law through an examination of how the European Union (EU) and European countries, together with their respective courts, have addressed it. After the study of the notion of the Internet itself and of Internet law and governance, the course will cover two main areas: first, the  basis of the regulation of the physical network for information and communication technologies in Europe according to the telecom policies; second, the regulation of Net contents by focusing on the following aspects: civil rights in cyberspace (including its projection on labor relations), substantive and jurisdictional problems arising from cybercrime, the law of intellectual property in the Internet and electronic commerce. Finally, we will address future trends in the Internet world (such as big data, the Internet of Things and cloud computing) as well as their respective legal implications.

Pablo García MexíaPablo GARCÍA MEXÍA  Legal Advisor to Spanish Parliament (Senate). Professor, Internet Law and Government, Universi­dad Internacional de La Rioja.  J.D., Ph.D., Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Diploma in English Law, University of Kent; Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard Law School.  Professor García Mexía is co-founder of Syntagma, Center of Strategic Studies, a private think-tank specializing in Internet, legal and good governance issues.  A practicing lawyer, he is an arbitrator for the World Bank, as well as an international consultant (United Nations, European Union). He has taught in the Madrid summer law program since 1997.

M30  Public International Law - Professor: CRIDDLE - 2 credit

This course examines the nature and sources of international law and municipal law; the law of treaties; principles of jurisdiction; statehood and recognition of states and governments; sovereign immunity; rights of aliens; human rights; environmental issues; and regulation of international coercion.

Evan CriddleEvan CRIDDLE William & Mary Professor of Law, Professor Criddle received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then spent several years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York representing foreign sovereigns, multinational corporations, and political refugees. Prior to joining the faculty at William & Mary, Professor Criddle taught at the Syracuse University College of Law. Professor Criddle has presented his research in a variety of venues, including the inaugural Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and the annual meetings of the American Society of International Law, the Canadian Political Science Association, and the European Society of International Law. Since 2009, his research has been supported by generous grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Leopoldo Calvo-SoteloLeopoldo CALVO-SOTELO Director emeritus and co-founder of William and Mary's Madrid Program. On January 30, 2014 the King of Spain presented Professor Calvo-Sotelo with the FIES XXIV Journalsim Award

Legal adviser to the Spanish Council of State, Foreign Affairs and Justice Section, 1983-1996.  Work included drafting of legal opinions on international treaties, maladministration of justice, and rules and regulations on private law matters. Secretary General, Center for the Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Juan March Foundation, 1991-1996.  The Center runs research programs on Political Science and Sociology and has a well-established international reputation. Deputy Secretary, Spanish Interior Department, 1996-2001.  Responsible for budget, personnel, and economic affairs, along with road traffic, civil protection, and immigration.