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Spetses, Greece

Study Abroad Spetses: June 19 - July 2, 2022

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 Civil Procedure & Conflict of Laws
Instructors: Professor Dian Tooley-Knoblett & Associate Dean Mary Garvey Algero
Class Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 2, 2022

This seminar will analyze and compare facets of civil procedure of different nations as well as choice of law issues related to transactions with elements in more than one jurisdiction, especially in situations where the laws of the states or countries differ.  Procedural issues addressed include issues relating to the selection and staffing of courts, the roles of judges and lawyers, the jury system, and forum shopping, and how all of these facets of the systems are influenced by the legal cultures in which they operate. 

Art & Cultural Property Protection (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Anastasia Grammaticaki Alexiou
Class Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 9:00 – 10:10 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 2, 2022

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 Freedom of Expression and Religion (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Robert A. Garda, Jr. 
Class Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 2, 2022 

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.

Comparative Review of the Rights of Children (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Dean Madeleine Landrieu
Class Dates: June 20 - July 1, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 10:20 – 11:30 AM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 2, 2022

This course will provide a comparative review of the political systems and regimes that led to the institutionalization of children orphaned due to war, disaster, epidemic and poverty. Students will review the social, financial and ethical cost of institutionalizing these children; and explore the current state of research in the area of childhood brain development, attachment theory and the effects of deprivation. The course will conclude with a discussion of the constitutional role of the state and the roles of lawyer and the courts in ensuring that the constitutional rights of children are protected.

Comparative Maritime Law (1 credit hour)
Instructor: The Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle
Class Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
Location: Spetses Hotel
Time: 11:40 AM – 12:50 PM
Final Exam: Saturday, July 2, 2022

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 19, 2022, students will enjoy a group dinner followed by an orientation and welcome reception at Hotel Spetses.

On Monday, June 20, 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 2022 Loyola group room rates are as follows. Please note the exchange rate as of March 28, 2022 is 1 Euro = $1.10 USD. 

Standard Single Room : 116 Euros 
Sea-view Single Room (limited availability): 148 Euros

Standard Double Room : 82 Euros per person
Sea-view Double Room (limited availability): 102 Euros per person

Standard Triple Room : 73 Euros 
Sea-view Triple Room (limited availability): 90 Euros per person

Mandatory Forms

Content forthcoming April 2022. 


Content forthcoming April 2022. 

Additional Resources for Travel Planning 

State Department

CDC Guidance for Greece