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 cities beyond. 

 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 such topics 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 trans-boundary 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).

 Enrique Alonso GarcíaEnrique ALONSO GARCÍA  Consejero Permanente de Estado (Permanent Councilor 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 Dealing with the Global Onslaught of Financial Regulation - Professor: Rubio  -  2 credits

The objective of the course is to present the financial regulations adopted globally as a response to the 2008 financial crisis. The course will cover the global regulators, the root causes identified in the origin of the crisis, the regulations enacted to address them and the tools used for enforcement. Participants should leave the course with an intellectual map allowing them to pinpoint the problems encountered in dealing with financial institutions (from the requirements for internal organization to the treatment of conflicts of interest) and where to look for the framework of regulations that address them.

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) for 5 years. For the past 15 years, she has led the Financial Institutions Regulations group in Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office, advising Spanish and international investment services firms providing local and cross-border financial services in Europe. She left Baker & McKenzie in November 2014 to start the boutique firm "RdC Abogados", specializing in financial regulation.  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 Corporate Governance - 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.

M01 Compliance & Enforcement of European Human Rights Law    -   Professor: Guillén  -  1 credit

This course provides a legal overview of the origin, development and current standing of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Its primary focus will be on the compliance and enforcement of human rights based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, though the cases of other jurisdictions, especially the European Union, will also be referred to where appropriate. The goal of the course is to provide students a practical approach and a good critical understanding of the Convention and the case law of the Strasbourg Court and the European Union Court of Justice when they enforce human rights law.

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.  He is now Academic Co-Director.

M04   European Union Legal Practice Professor: Becerril  -  1 credit

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.

M22  Judicial Review and Constitutional Litigation in Europe - Professor: Ahumada  -  1 credit 

The implantation of constitutional courts has been the most striking development in European constitutional law since 1945. In this course we study this interesting “non-strictly judicial” alternative to American judicial review. We will analyze how it has grown quickly throughout Europe, is progressing in Latin America, and has been adopted around the world by the majority of countries writing new constitutions.  We will use court cases from constitutional courts of different countries and other reading materials on comparative law to explore the main features of this form of specialized constitutional jurisdiction.

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.

M07   Global Skills and International Dispute Resolution -  Professors: Areilza & Alvarez-Romero  -  2 credits

This course prepares participants to become better lawyers in a global context. The sessions will focus on how to negotiate better in transnational settings, understand power and influence in organizations and develop political capital, and become effective lawyers in international mediation practice and arbitration proceedings. These set of interpersonal and legal skills will be acquired through cases studies, role play and simulations and other hands-on exercises.

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.

 Carlos ALVAREZ-ROMERO studied law at Centro de Estudios Universitarios San Pablo (CEU), Madrid. He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and holds an ExLLM from Northwestern University of Chicago and a Certificate in Business Administration from Instituto de Empresa, Madrid. After practicing at the Spanish Law Firm “Estudio Jurídico Profesor Joaquín Garrigues”, he became General Counsel of Holcim Trading S.A.. In 2014 he joined Formula E Operations, based in London, as Senior External Counsel. His main legal practice areas are Corporate and M&A, Shipping and International Arbitration. He is the Academic Director of the Citizen Lawyers Program of Aspen Institute España

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). 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 ABC.es, 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.

M31  Corporations - Professor: Oman - 2 credit

An introductory examination of the law applicable to corporations. This course examines the process of formation and capitalization of corporations, the concept of limited liability, and the role of fiduciary duties in corporate governance. We will examine how these duties are enforced in different settings (public corporations and closed corporations); under state and federal law; and some other recurring litigation and planning issues. Students who take Corporations may not take Business Associations.

Nathan OMAN William & Mary Professor of Law. Professor Oman earned a BA in political science from Brigham Young University and JD from Harvard Law School, where he was on the Articles Committee of the Harvard Law Review.  Prior to law school he worked on the staff of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and practiced law in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin LLP.


Leopoldo Calvo-SoteloLeopoldo CALVO-SOTELO Director emeritus and co-founder of William and Mary's Madrid Program. 

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. On January 30, 2014 the King of Spain presented Professor Calvo-Sotelo with the FIES XXIV Journalsim Award