Courses and Faculty

All classes are taught in English and limited to 35 students. Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-1:15 pm. The schedule complies with ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure and provides students free afternoons and long weekends, for time to explore Spain and European cities beyond. 

 Students may choose to enroll in one, two, or three classes, but most every student takes three courses to earn 5 credits. 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 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:

9:00 am - 10:30 am

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

12:30 am - 1:15 pm

M01  Human Rights in Europe

Professor Guillén  -  2 credits

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, European Union, 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 such as William & Mary Law School, Georgetown University, Leeds University, Universidad del Norte. Professor Guillen joined the William & Mary summer law program faculty in 1998, and he is now Academic Co-Director.

M05  European Union Law and Politics

Professor Areilza  -  2 credits

An introduction to the European Union (EU) legal system and the political work of its institutions. The course studies EU decision-making, focusing on the distribution of power between the member states and the EU, 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 the European Common Market, rules on free movement of goods inside Europe, and NAFTA.

José M. de Areilza  Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair, ESADE Law School, and Secretary General of Aspen Professor AreilzaInstitute 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 Dean at IE Law School. He is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He teaches EU Law, International Trade and Power and Influence. He has been a Visiting professor at W&M for several years. Professor Areilza began teaching in the summer law program in 1996 and is Academic Co-Director.

M16  Comparative Corporations

Professor Guerra  -  2 credits

An exploration from a practical perspective of the legal structure of corporations, both in the United States and Europe. The course analyzes such topics as different business organizations; the mechanisms to establish US/European corporations; the distribution of authority among shareholders, directors and officers; director´s duties and liabilities; the role of employees; and the present debate, on both sides of the Atlantic, about the ideal corporate governance structure in listed corporations and the role of the so called “gatekeepers” (auditors, proxy advisors, analysts, etc.).

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.

M18  European Internet Law and Policy

Professor García Mexía  -  1 credit

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). Of Counsel at Ashurst LLP. J.D., PhD., 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.  He is an arbitrator for the World Bank. A regular contributor to Spanish national newspaper, where he writes the weekly column La Ley en la Red. Pablo teaches at various masters programs among others at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He has taught in the Madrid summer law program since 1997.

M22  Introduction to Comparative Constitutionalism

Professor Ahumada  -  1 credit 

An introduction to the major aspects of comparative constitutional law. Against the background of successive waves of democratization after the Second World War and the end of the "Cold War," consideration will be given to the issues of designing and defending democracy through law, constitution making, problems of constitutional interpretation, and the pros and cons of creating constitutional courts. The phenomenon of judicial globalization and the emergence of a transnational constitutional law 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.

M29  International and Comparative Women's Rights Law

Professor Malone – 2 credits

An international and comparative law framework for women's human rights by analyzing rights and remedies afforded women under international human rights law, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European and American Convention on Human Rights, the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, and the EEC's Equal TreatmenDirective.  The course also compares different legal systems' responses to domestic violence, female genital mutilation, polygamy, reproductive rights, parental leave, employment discrimination, pay equity, and other gender-related issues.

Linda Malone

Linda Malone  Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School. B.A. Vassar; J.D. Duke; LL.M. University of Illinois. Professor Malone is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. She is the author of numerous articles, and has authored or co-authored twelve books on international law, human rights, and environmental law.  In 1998 she received the Fulbright/OSCE Regional Research Award for her work on women's and children's rights in Eastern Europe. In 2000 Professor Malone received the Millenium Award of the Virginia Women's Bar Association, for her contributions to women's rights.