Located two hours by hydrofoil southwest of Athens, twenty minutes by hydrofoil from Hydra, and ten minutes by hydrofoil from the Peloponnesian coast, Spetses offers the proximity of Athens and its rich legal community in a setting much more conducive to contemplation and study. In the past, professors, jurists, and practitioners from nearby Athens, as well as our sister institution of Aristotle University have instructed in the summer program in Spetses.
In addition to the pedagogical reasons for adopting the Spetses program, Spetses is also one of the most picturesque of Greek isles, boasting pine-fringed beaches, traditional architecture and a uniquely Greek population which has not been overrun by tourism. Banning private automobiles or trucks from the island, the government has limited transportation to foot, horse drawn carriages or mopeds.
The name "Spetses" is a derivation of "Isola de Spezzie", the Island of Fragrance, a name given by the Venetians because of the many herbs growing on the mountains of the island.