Courses - Granada, Spain

Week 1
(June 6-9, 2016)

Ecosystem Markets: Comparative Approaches to Environmental Offsets (1 Credit)
Instructor: Royal Gardner, Stetson

Billions of dollars (and euros) are spent every year on environmental offsets: actions that are designed to compensate for the negative ecological consequences of industrial and developmental activities. The course will examine how the US and Europe use regulatory schemes to create “ecosystem markets” where environmental credits related to endangered species habitat, wetlands, and climate change are bought and sold. Do these markets produce benefits for both the environment and business?

Week 2 
(June 13-16, 2016)

International Intellectual Property Law (1 Credit)
Instructor: Amanda Compton, Charleston

Students interested in International Business and Trade Law need to learn the present legal structure and operation of the world trade system. Virtually every product traded on the international market incorporates some form of intellectual property, and understanding these specific laws will serve to further protect a business’s goodwill and brand. The course will introduce students to the international aspects of branches of intellectual property. Attention will be given to general principles of comparative and international law (e.g. territoriality), and to specific law related to obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights in foreign countries.

More specifically, this course will focus on international treaties as they relate to protection of intellectual property. Likely topics will include: (1) a comparison of U.S. and foreign law relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights; (2) Multinational agreements relating to intellectual property, such as the Paris Convention, the Berne Conventions, WTO TRIPs, NAFTA, and the EC Harmonization Directives and Trademarks; and (3) the implementation of these agreements within the U.S. and other countries (with a particular focus on the host country’s laws). Additionally, taking Intellectual Property Law or another course relating to various forms of intellectual property will not be necessary as a primer on the basics of intellectual property will be provided as a part of the course.

Week 3
(June 20-23, 2016)

Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Under the United States Federal Trade Commission Act – A Statutory and Common Law Approach (1 credit)
Instructor: Michael Flynn, Nova

Trade regulation in Europe is for the most part governed by trade regulation rules promulgated by the European Union and supplemented by specific regulations applicable to individual countries. This course will introduce the students to the law of Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices in the United States using the Federal Trade Commission Act. The course will specifically cover the following concepts:

1) The Federal Trade Commission Act
2) The Relationship of The Federal Trade Commission Act to individual State Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Statutes
3) The Common Law and Administrative Definition of an Unfair Trade Practice
4) The Common Law and Administrative Definition of a Deceptive Trade Practice
5) The Concept of Per Se Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
6) Governmental and Individual Remedies for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices

The course materials will focus on United States Federal Court decisions and administrative rulings to provide not only the legal paradigm used to analyze unfair and deceptive trade practices but also provide concrete examples of the kind of business activities that constitute unfair and deceptive trade practices. 

Week 4
(June 27-30, 2016)

International Insolvency (1 credit)
Instructor: Theresa Radwan, Stetson

Debt is part of life for individuals, businesses, and even countries. Unfortunately, with debt comes times that the debt cannot be repaid. This course considers alternative restructuring policies adopted by various countries to handle the competing interests of parties when insolvency leads to nonpayment of debts. Though the insolvency laws of the United States and Spain will be the starting point for the discussion, the laws of other countries will also be considered. The course structure is based on the Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law, promulgated by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The primary focus of the course is the broad policy concerns that must be considered in creating and maintaining workable insolvency laws. Consideration will also be given to the consequences of a country’s inability to pay its debts.