Spetses Church

Spetses Program Course Descriptions

Art and Cultural Property Law (1 credit hour)

The course aims at equipping students with a sound working knowledge and understanding of key legal issues required in order to operate successfully in the arts market. It will cover the problem of licit and illicit art trade as well as the basic framework for the international protection of cultural property. More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of artists and professional managers in relation to artwork transactions, the protection of artists’ rights, the role of collectors, international art auctions of cultural objects, theft and looting of art objects, bona fide acquisition of stolen art, repatriation/ restitution and return of stolen or looted art will be basically the topics to be discussed.

Instructor: Professor Anastasia Grammaticaki-Alexiou
Class Dates: June 13 - June 24 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Conference Room 2, Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 25

A Comparative Review of the Rights of Children: Orphaned and Abandoned (1 credit hour)

A Comparative Review of the Rights of Children:  Orphaned and Abandoned will provide a comparative review of the political systems and regimes that led to the institutionalization of children orphaned due to war, disaster, epidemic and poverty. We will review the social, financial and ethical cost of institutionalizing these children; and explore the current state of research in the area of childhood brain development, attachment theory and the effects of deprivation.  The course will conclude with a discussion of the constitutional role of the state and the roles of lawyer and the courts in ensuring that the constitutional rights of children are protected.

Instructor: Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu
Class Dates: June 13 - June 24 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Conference Room 1, Spetses Hotel 
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM 
Final Exam: Saturday, June 25

Private International Law (1 credit hour)

Private International Law surveys approaches to the choice-of-law process, which is mandated whenever a private transaction has contacts with more than one jurisdiction. Students will be exposed to the American choice-of-law revolution of the 20th century in the areas of tort and contract. The American approach will be compared to the more evolutionary process in the European Union that culminated in Rome I (for contracts) and Rome II (for torts). 

Instructor: Professor Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Class Dates: June 13 - June 24 (Monday - Friday)

Location: Conference Room 2, Spetses Hotel 

Time: 10:20 - 11:30 AM

Final Exam: Saturday, June 25 

Comparative Employment & Labor Law Seminar (1 credit hour)

This seminar will examine various countries’ approaches to employment law, discrimination law, and labor law. Specifically, this seminar will discuss and contrast how the United States and various European and Asian countries (e.g., Greece, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan) address workplace rights and duties in the areas of anti-discrimination, family/medical leave, unionization/collective bargaining, immigration, and/or wage rates & work hours.

Instructor: Professor Craig Senn
Class Dates: June 13 - June 24 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Conference Room 1, Spetses Hotel 
Time: 10:20 - 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 25

Comparative Asylum and Refugee Law (1 credit hour)

This course explores the international, European Union and United States legal regimes that deal with the problem of forced migration. Topics include the U.N. Convention on the Status of Refugees, the implementation of that convention in the European Union and the United States, and political and judicial efforts to define the extent of the protections afforded under international and domestic law.

The central goal of this course is to help you understand the legal and policy issues affecting migrants who have been forced to leave their home countries. 

Instructor: Professor M. Isabel Medina
Class Dates: June 13 - June 24 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Conference Room 1, Spetses Hotel
Time: 11:40 AM - 12:50 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 25