Course Descriptions

The program begins on Sunday, June 1, 2014 with an orientation, and concludes on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Students normally enroll in two courses selected from the courses listed below for a total of six (6) semester hours of credit. All courses taught in Spanish will be interpreted into English. Selected courses taught in English will be interpreted into Spanish.

Overview of Mexican Law - Profs. W. MacPherson, P. Vasquez Nieto, and Others

This course discusses NAFTA, the structure of the Mexican legal system, law, and legal profession.  This is a comparative study of the Mexican legal systems presented in the context of Mexican legal history, language, and culture.  Some Spanish legal terminology is discussed to study the differences between Mexican and American law.  Mexican law of interest to non-Mexican persons investing or doing business in Mexico, such as contract, corporate, labor law, and tax law will be discussed.

U.S. Immigration Law and Mexico in the Age of Reform - Professor Beth Caldwell, Southwestern Law School

This course will examine emerging issues in U.S. Immigration Law in relation to Mexico. The intersections between immigration law, family law, criminal law and international law as it affects Mexican citizens with ties to the United States. The course will cover border enforcement and current immigration reform efforts.

International & Comparative Family Law - Professor DeLeith Duke Gossett, Texas Tech

Students will study various family policies in different countries, exploring commonalties and differences. The course will cover international law including the Hague Convention on Intercounty Adoption’s response to the increase in international adoption, with emphasis on the recent problems in Guatemala that led to the shutdown of international adoption from that country.

Comparative Equality and Human Rights - Profs. George Bach and Kimberly Gauderman

This course will compare U.S. equality and anti-discrimination law with the law of several other legal systems including, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Argentina. The focus will include gendered and sexual identities. The second part of the course will focus on how gendered and ethnic violence in modern Guatemala and Mexico intersects with international human rights accords and U.S. asylum law.

Mexican Legal Systems - Mtro. A. Lara Martinez, Mtro. A. Olguin Torres, Mtro. J. Ortega de la Peña, Mtro. J. Segura Ricano and Mtro. J. Soriano Flores

This course is an introduction to the important basic law and legal institutions of modern Mexican law. The course will discuss: the organization of the Mexican state, a comparative discussion of the Mexican Constitution; the role of amparo; the concept of Human Rights in Mexico; the role of International Treaties in Mexico; and conclude with a discussion of the Constitutional Social Rights of Mexico. Some lectures will be in Spanish with professional translation to English provided.