This year, School Law has resumed international placements. In total, more than 300 students from International Office and Law and the master's degrees taught at postgraduate program in Madrid, Access to the Legal Profession, advisory service Tax, Law, business and Digital Law, have completed their academic training with stays in Jerusalem, Brussels and Geneva, Washington and New York during the month of May.
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Students inside the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
OnSite includes visit to international organisations and institutions, as well as cultural visits that bring students closer to the political, economic and social reality of the different regions: from the headquarters of NATO, the United Nations Palace, the New York Stock Exchange or the Wailing Wall.
"The goal of the OnSites is to reinforce the training of our students with sessions in international universities and entities. In addition to the experience staff of getting to know another culture and socioeconomic aspects of other countries, the aim is for students to have access to an academic programme taught by experts in Law and International Office and to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know international organisations, how they work and their mission statement", says the Vice-Dean of Students at School and lecturer at Constitutional Law, Asun de la Iglesia, who accompanied the third-year students to Jerusalem. During the onsite stay, students take half of the content of the corresponding regional subject , International Relations in the Middle East; International Relations in North America, etc, included in the Study program.
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View of the historic centre of Jerusalem, and in the picture on the right a picture of the students with a view of Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem, the students attended classes at the Hebrew University Rothberg International School. They visited the Israeli Parliament Knesset, the embassy in Tel Aviv at high school Cervantes and the NGO Hogar Niño Dios in Bethlehem.
"The experience has been enriching," says José Antonio Latorre, student of the double degree Degree in Law and International Office, "you really learn that the geopolitics of the region is complex and irregular. For those of us who want to dedicate ourselves to diplomacy, it is a useful and motivating experience".
Latorre values the religious activities at the Holy Sepulchre and the other holy places with the Franciscans. "But I would highlight Hanni's testimony on the border with Lebanon, where he explained the difficulties faced by Maronite Catholics and the tragedies caused by terrorism.
"This trip has given me the ability to realise that, no matter how much theory you study about the different conflicts or the different regions, you are not able to understand their complexity and magnitude until you visit the country and are in contact with its people and culture", adds Álvaro Querejeta, student of the double degree Degree in Law and IR. Álvaro highlights the classes at the Hebrew University and the visit to Capernaum.
"For those of us who want to dedicate ourselves to diplomacy, it is a useful and motivating experience", José Antonio Latorre.
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Students inside the European Parliament in Brussels
This year, for health reasons, it was not possible to travel to Shanghai (China). As an alternative, the students were in Geneva and Brussels, where they visited the Graduate Institute of Eneva at the Maison de la Paix. They attended lectures at the University of Geneva and shared a reception with the Indian Ambassador to the UN Disarmament lecture , TS Tirumurti. They were also able to visit the Red Cross Museum.
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On the left, the headquarters of the Organisation of American States. On the right, a photo of the students in Washington in front of the Capitol.
During their stay in Washington, the students attended classes at the Catholic University of America. Professors from the academic centre presented the economic and social challenges of the country, as well as historical, cultural and geographical aspects. Throughout the stay, the students had professional meetings at the Organization of American States, the Spanish embassy in Washington and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
"It has been a complete and unforgettable experience, the activities I most enjoyed were the bike ride through the memorials, which taught me a lot in a didactic and fun way. I would also highlight the baseball game and the discussion with the Spanish journalists who are correspondents in Washington; I found it very interesting," says Marina Latienda Iñigo, a first-year law student and International Office.
"What I liked most about the trip to Washington was the opportunity to see and put on internship many of the things studied at class and so we have been able to better establish these concepts, for example with the visit to the OAS or the IMF," adds Susana Doña Jiménez, also from the double Degree Law and Relations.
"What I liked most about the trip to Washington was the opportunity to see and put on internship many of the things studied at class and so we have been able to better establish these concepts, for example with the visit to the OAS or the IMF", Susana Doña Jiménez.
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Students at the New York Stock Exchange
International Legal Week of the students of postgraduate program
Students from the master's programmes spent a week in New York. During the International Legal Week, students of the master's degrees in Access to the Legal Profession, business, advisory service Tax and Digital Law completed a week of intensive training on business law.
They learned about the American legal market and the professional internship from international firms. They also attended a session with the law firms Cuatrecasas, Ga&P, Garrigues, Pérez Llorca and Uría Menéndez, who explained the experience of Spanish firms in the Big Apple. They were able to visit the New York Stock Exchange with director Sharon Bowen and witnessed the particular 'ringing of the bell' that announces the end of the sessions.