Courses - Granada, Spain

Week 1
(June 5-8, 2017)

Wealth Inequality and Law (1 Credit)
Instructor: John Chung, Roger Williams

The course would explore how the global economic crisis arose and how it led to increasing wealth inequality. The course would include an introduction to what central banks do and their role in the crisis. It would also discuss how central bank policies in response to the crisis have caused increasing wealth inequality. The course would then lead to discussions on what role law may play in addressing this issue. The two articles directly address these issues, and would be the required reading (along with a few short hand-outs).

Week 2 
(June 12-15, 2017)

Innovation and Economic Crisis (1 Credit)
Instructor: Jorge Roig, Charleston

The course will analyze the different ways in which innovation - technological, legal and political - has served to worsen or alleviate this most recent global economic crisis. In which ways have some policies mirrored approaches taken in the past, and in which ways have they differed? What influence have new technologies had on law and policy, as they relate to socioeconomic issues such as network neutrality and antitrust law, copyright and patent law, income inequality, equal rights and free speech. We will also look at the differing attempts to manage the crisis in different parts of the world, such as Greece or China, and how some jurisdictions have leveraged new technologies to innovate in the realm of policy, such as Iceland's new constitutional project and its outcome.

Week 3
(June 19-22, 2017)

The Global Economic Crisis: A Test for Democracy in the EU (1 credit)
Instructor: Carla Spivack, Oklahoma City University

The European Union’s response to the global economic crisis offers a focused lens through which to view the issue of democracy in EU law (an issue the recent Brexit vote raised as well). Specifically, the measures the EU government in Brussels proposed and/or took to ameliorate the effects of the crisis have raised questions about the degree of democratic representation in the EU, and about how to structure democratic governance at the meta-state level. In the wake of the crisis, several EU-wide measures – the Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism, the Fiscal Compact, the guarantees for Greece and the European Stabilization Facility - sparked challenges by individual member states as violating limits on the precedence of EU law over national constitutions and as violating the states’ democratic guarantees, such as the requirement that national governments approve loans to other countries.

These fiscal and monetary measures raise important questions about the very concept of the EU, such as: How can an integrated body of states with a single government simultaneously guarantee democracy in its member states and also govern? To what degree should EU law take precedence over national law, if at all? Should monetary policy be subject to democratic limitations or be exempt? The course begins by asking what democracy means in the context of the EU: democracy is generally thought of as a characteristic of states and not of international entities, like the EU. What measures have EU Treaties and member states taken to preserve democratic principles, both within individual countries and at the Union level? We will look at some theories of democracy and apply them to the EU government to try to answer these questions. We will then read and analyze cases challenging the EU’s fiscal policies on democratic governance grounds, in particular cases from the German Supreme Court, which has the most developed jurisprudence on the issues. Finally, students will “negotiate” a treaty of union addressing the issue of democratic guarantees in an international entity consisting of individual states, incorporating the law we have studied in the course.

Week 4
(June 26-29, 2017)

Privacy, Data, and Economics (1 credit)
Instructor: Steve Friedland, Elon

The course offers comparative observations of the evolving conceptions of privacy in the 21st century through the prism of changing laws and regulations. The course will be conducted as an active learning seminar, where students will have several deliverables to complete during the course as well as a final summative assessment. The course first describes various types of privacy laws in the United States and Europe, including the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, Europe’s “Right to Be Forgotten,” the EU Data Protection Directives, and other legislative enactments. The class then reviews some of the more significant advances in technology, such as drones, self-driving cars, and biometric surveillance systems, before focusing on the different aspects of data that can be regulated, such as transparency, confidentiality, portability and security. Then, the course dives deeper into the applicable laws and rules before turning to the impact of these legislative and judicial pronouncements on the global economy and security.

This course will be a useful course from many perspectives. It offers a deeper understanding of the crosscurrents underlying the evolving law on privacy and the advances in technology that impact the current laws and rules. It also provides the opportunity to explore the different views of the United States, Europe and elsewhere on privacy matters, as well as the large economic impact these regulations will have on the Internet economy.