Summer Legal Studies Program
June 16 - 30, 2013
Positioned strategically between East and West, near the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and being a member of the European Union since 1981, Greece is ideally situated as a microcosm of current legal issues. Struggling with financial challenges, overrun by illegal immigration, and attempting to provide universal healthcare at a time of fiscal exigency, Greece faces legal and social issues which are plaguing the world at large – but, in characteristically Greek style, more intensely and critically.
This program has been designed to examine these issues in both an academic and experiential way. Spetses is the ideal place to observe the gap between rich, represented by wealthy Greek weekenders, and working class, exemplified by the year-round residents who are struggling with newly imposed austerity measures. The course selection for this program has been carefully chosen to deal with the legal and economic concerns of both Greece and the world at large. In addition to dealing with legal questions of sovereign bankruptcy, students will have the opportunity to examine immigration issues that exasperate the dilemmas, observe the successful industry of the marine industry, explore the health policy in a nation that has one of the most progressive policies regarding assisted reproduction, and examine these issues as they arise in various nations and raise issues of choice of law.
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