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Spetses, Greece

Study Abroad Spetses: June 14 - 27, 2020

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. 

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Comparative Family Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Monica Hof Wallace
Class Dates: June 15 – June 26, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 27, 2020

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.

Comparative Freedom of Expression and Religion (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Robert A. Garda, Jr. 
Class Dates: June 15 – June 26, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 27, 2020

The course will compare the protections for speech and religion in different nations and under international law. The course will examine the basic speech and religion protections in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and use that as a launching point to compare similar rights under other constitutions, with a particular focus on Europe and Greece. The course will then explore the rights to freedom of expression and religion as recognized in international conventions and treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion and Belief.

Law and Poverty (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Davida Finger
Class Dates: June 15 – June 26, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 27, 2020

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.

Art & Cultural Property Protection (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Anastasia Grammaticaki Alexiou
Class Dates: June 15 – June 26, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 27, 2020

Art and Cultural Property Law 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 Maritime Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: The Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle
Class Dates: June 15 – June 26, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 11:40 AM – 12:50 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, June 27, 2020

From iPads to automobiles, corn syrup to crude oil, over 90% of international trade occurs by ocean carriage. Consequently, shipping is perhaps the most international of the world’s great industries. It is also one of the most dangerous. This course will explore the varying approaches to certain maritime issues under international conventions and United States law. Topics may include marine pollution, limitation of liability, and carriage of goods by sea.

Upon arrival in Spetses on Sunday, June 14, 2020, students will enjoy a group orientation and a welcome reception at Hotel Spetses.

On Monday, June 15, 2020, 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 small hike to Bekiri’s Cave, one of Spetses’ major attractions. Here you can either swim or climb into the cave that is said was used to hide freedom fighters during the 1821 War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. From there you can either swim back to or climb back down the trail to the beach for dinner.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a series of legal visits, cultural tours, and festivals in Spetses and beyond. Program participants will have the option to join a fun and history filled weekend excursion trip to Mycenae, Nafplion, and the Theater of Epidarus. This optional trip includes a chance to take part in a special wine tasting opportunity at a Greek vineyard and enjoy the festival of Nafplion.

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.

Interested and qualified students will have the option to complete a one-week internship experience prior to the start of the Spetses program. There are a limited number of placements available for the summer of 2020. Please submit a résumé to, after submitting your application with first deposit, for consideration of placement.  

Spetses Accommodations and Class Space

Housing will be based at the Spetses Hotel, located 10 minutes 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, a telephone, and a hairdryer. The Spetses Hotel offers free high speed wireless internet service. Certain athletic facilities are near-by, and the hotel has its own private beach area.

The Spetses hotel has its own restaurant, with two meals per day included in the Loyola room rate to include breakfast and either lunch or dinner.

The approximate room rates for 13 nights (arrival Sunday, June 14, and departure Saturday, June 27) are as follows:

Single Room: ~1,222 Euros (room and board @ 94 Euros per day) (approximately $1,368.66)

Double Room: ~949 Euros (room and board @ 73 Euros per night per person) (approximately $1,062.72)

Triple Room: ~845 Euros (room and board @ 65 Euros per night per person) (approximately $946.40)

Prices include all taxes, 7.5 % gratuity for hotel staff, and other amenities.

A limited number of sea view rooms are available for a 10% supplement:

Single room: ~1,339 Euros (@ 103 euros per person per night)

Double room: ~1,040 Euros (@ 80 euros per person per night)

Triple room: ~923 Euros (@ 71 euros per person per night)

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 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 a Teaching Assistant on-site to assist students during classroom and office hours.

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Additional Resources for Travel Planning 

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