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Spetses, Greece

Study Abroad Spetses: June 18 - July 1, 2023

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. 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.

This program has been designed to examine legal, economic, cultural, and social issues in both an academic and experiential way.

Our Spetses, Greece program is currently ABA accredited. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Spetses Teaching Assistants at  


Comparative Family Law (1 credit hour)
Instructors: Professor Monica Hof Wallace
Class Dates: June 19 – 30, 2023 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 1, 2023

Comparative Family Law will examine the changing form of families throughout the world and the legal ramifications of these models. Students will be introduced to the Commission on European Family Law and its published Principles of European Family Law. During the course, students will explore issues surrounding marriage, partnerships other than marriage, divorce, and spousal maintenance, as well as child related matters including child custody, visitation, and adoption. Each of these issues will be addressed comparatively.

Art & Cultural Property Protection (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Anastasia Grammaticaki Alexiou
Class Dates: June 19 – 30, 2023 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 1, 2023

This course aims to equip 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.

Comparative Remedies Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Assistant Professor Meera Sossamon
Class Dates: June 19 – 30, 2023 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 1, 2023

The remedy is arguably the most important and certainly most impactful pragmatic effect of any lawsuit: determining what relief the plaintiff is entitled to. Yet when remedies are taught across disparate course such as torts, contracts, and other doctrinal courses, it’s often hard to see the big picture as it fits together. As a practical matter, plaintiffs are often bringing several of types of claims in one lawsuit, each offering unique remedies. This course seeks to take that big picture approach, and considers the question of what remedies plaintiffs in different jurisdictions are entitled to, particularly contrasting common law and civil law jurisdictions, and what that may reveal about the public policies and values that these various jurisdictions seek to emphasize through the remedies they offer. In our survey of comparative remedies, we will explore areas such as the contrast between damages and specific performance remedies in contract law, punitive damages, unjust enrichment, and some public law remedies as well.

Comparative Law & Poverty (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Davida Finger
Class Dates: June 19 – 30, 2023 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 1, 2023

This course is an introduction to major themes in poverty law and the relationship between contemporary poverty and the law. The course begins with a framework for how poverty is measured in the United States and in other countries. The course focuses on major themes in poverty law including the most important constitutional law cases. Specific issues that will be discussed include welfare, work, housing, health, education, criminalization, and access to justice. A comparative analysis between the United States and other countries will be used to explore inequality in law and policy.

Tentative: Comparative Judicial Process (1 credit hour)
Instructor: The Honorable John J. Molaison, Jr.
Class Dates: June 19 – 30, 2023 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 11:40 AM – 12:50 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 1, 2023

This seminar will analyze and compare facets of the judicial process of different nations, including issues relating to sources of law and weight of authority, the selection and staffing of courts, the roles of judges and lawyers, the jury system, collective and class actions, forum shopping, and how all of these facets of the systems are influenced by the legal cultures in which they operate. 

Upon arrival in Spetses on Sunday, June 18, 2023, students will enjoy a group dinner followed by an orientation and welcome reception at Hotel Spetses.

On Monday, June 19, 2022, students will enjoy a tour of Spetses by boat + a group dinner at a traditional taverna. Also included in this tour is a chance to take a brief hike to Bekiri’s Cave, one of Spetses’ major attractions. 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a series of legal visits and cultural tours in Spetses. These events will either take place at the hotel or within walking distance of the hotel.

Additionally, students will have the option to participate in a service learning experience at Monastery of Aghioi Pandes.

Throughout the two-weeks, we will have various legal guest speakers who will instruct students on different issues related to Greece and abroad as well, which will culminate in students obtaining a skills credit.

Spetses Accommodations and Class Space

Housing will be based at the Spetses Hotel, located a 10-minute walk away from the port and center of the island, Dapia. The 4-star hotel offers 77 standard and premium rooms in two buildings. All rooms include an ensuite bathroom, hot water, air conditioning, a mini bar and small refrigerator, a telephone, and a hairdryer. The Spetses Hotel offers free high speed wireless internet service. The hotel has its own private beach area. 

Classes will also be held at the Spetses Hotel. The hotel offers two conference rooms that can accommodate 50 or 15 people respectively. The conference rooms offer big screens, slide projectors, a PowerPoint projector, a video projector, anatomical seats, white boards, flip charts, laser pointers, audiovisual equipment, wireless internet connection and air-conditioning for a clear atmosphere.

Students will have ample space to study. There are numerous lounge areas in the hotel, as well as pleasant outdoor areas, conducive to study. The classrooms will be available every afternoon and evening for studying. Also, all hotel rooms are equipped with free WiFi internet access.

Administrative services will be provided on-site. An office for the program will be provided on-site with computer facilities, and room for a modest library, although it is expected that all reading materials for courses will be self-contained. 

There will also be two teaching assistants and a law school administrator on-site to assist students during classroom and office hours.

The Spetses hotel has its own restaurant, with two meals per day included in the Loyola room rate (breakfast and your choice of lunch or dinner.

The 2023 Loyola group room rates are as follows. Please note the exchange rate as of October 13, 2022 is 1 Euro = $1.02 USD. 

Standard (partial sea view) Single Room : 133 Euros 
Sea-view Single Room (limited availability): 219 Euros

Standard (partial sea view) Double Room : 94 Euros per person
Sea-view Double Room (limited availability): 132 Euros per person

Standard (partial sea view) Triple Room : 84 Euros 
Sea-view Triple Room (limited availability): 115 Euros per person

Mandatory Forms

Content forthcoming March 2023. 


Content forthcoming March 2023. 

Additional Resources for Travel Planning 

State Department

CDC Guidance for Greece