Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Warren Edgar "Wes" Small

Adjunct Professor

I am passionate about the evolution and enforcement of all aspects of International Law.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is that it fulfills my other passion—that of teaching—in a most exciting way. I can share both passions with an internationally oriented student population that is aware of and articulate in the language of International Law.

Warren Edgar "Wes" Small teaches various International Law courses at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Santa Clara University School of Law, and the Golden Gate University School of Law—all of which complement his law practice.

His recent accomplishments include regular presentations of papers on the Evolving nature of International Humanitarian Law to the Annual Fulbright Symposium at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

His previous position as a career US Navy officer and his current position as a business and intellectual property attorney have given him a significant amount of practical experience in several fields of International Law. This experience is readily transferred to students taking his classes because he asks them to perform the same analyses that employees in these fields would have to perform.

Expertise

International Law, International Trade Law, International Business Transactions, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, International and Domestic Intellectual Property Law, Legal writing and analysis

Education

JURIS DOCTOR, 1996; Subspecialty Certificate in International Law; Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA.

MASTER OF ARTS, 1992; POLITICAL SCIENCE (INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS); Stanford University, Palo Alto CA.

MASTER OF ARTS, 1984; POLITICAL SCIENCE (AMERICAN GOVERNMENT); Auburn University, Montgomery, AL.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, 1984; Air War College, Air University - MAXWELL AFB, AL.

MASTER OF SCIENCE, 1979; OCEANOGRAPHY; U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, 1969; BUILDING SCIENCE; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Course List

Courses offered in the past four years.
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ITDG 8539 - Trade Law Compliance      

This course and associated lab provide participants with instruction in three core trade law compliance disciplines: Trade Law Compliance (International and Domestic), Compliance with Import Procedures, and Compliance with Export Procedures. It will also provide participants with practical, hands-on training in dealing with real-world problems or simulations that give them the opportunity to apply what they have learned and thereby reinforce what they have learned during the instruction period(s). It will provide participants with many of the requisite practical skills necessary to meet a growing need for professionals who possess the requisite background and skills to guide corporations and government agencies through the myriad of laws and regulations dealing with international and domestic trade law compliance. In addition to learning and applying practical skills, participants will be able to participate in long-term research and writing projects to support demands from industry and government for analyses of trade compliance issues.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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ITDG 8540 - IntlTradeLaw/DisputeResolution      

This course will provide students with an introduction to the primary international rules, regimes and organizations governing international trade and international investment. By understanding the principles of international trade law and how it is applied through a treaty regime developed to monitor and enforce international trade law, students will gain an appreciation of the crucial role these that international trade law and its enforcement play in shaping and determining the flow of international trade and investment. Students will gain an understanding of the specific rules and regulations that govern international trade and how those rules and regulations are applied and enforced. Students will gain practical experience in applying these rules and regulations to real world international trade disputes in order to gain an appreciation of the process involved in resolving these disputes. As a result, students should be able to determine whether or not a particular state’s action(s) is (are) a violation of an international trade regulation and more importantly, how a trade dispute arising from an alleged violation(s) is resolved.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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ITDG 8621 / MBAG 8621 / IPMG 9623 - Legal Aspects of Compliance      

Corporate Risk Management entails the prevention and detection of fraud and financial crimes. However, it also entails the understanding of and compliance with state and federal laws and statutory regulations.

This two credit course will introduce participants to the legal aspects of compliance with those laws and regulations. The course will introduce participants to the United States court system (Federal and state) and highlight the differences between criminal and civil liability. It will introduce participants to pertinent state and federal laws [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, (“FCPA”), Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), Employee Retirement Income Protection Act (“ERISA”), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, etc.] dealing with corporate compliance and take participants through the legal process of addressing an alleged violation of one or more of those laws or regulations. It will familiarize participants with the nature of a violation of state or federal laws and regulations, the nature of a breach of a contractual obligation, the legal and procedural steps of litigating such a violation, the determination of damages arising from such a violation, and the possible restitution that might be expected from the perpetrator of such a violation.

The course will use recent or ongoing state and federal court cases to help familiarize participants with the practical application of the subject matter of the course.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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MBAG 8621 - Legal Aspects of Compliance      

Corporate Risk Management entails the prevention and detection of fraud and financial crimes. However, it also entails the understanding of and compliance with state and federal laws and statutory regulations.

This two credit course will introduce participants to the legal aspects of compliance with those laws and regulations. The course will introduce participants to the United States court system (Federal and state) and highlight the differences between criminal and civil liability. It will introduce participants to pertinent state and federal laws [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, (“FCPA”), Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), Employee Retirement Income Protection Act (“ERISA”), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, etc.] dealing with corporate compliance and take participants through the legal process of addressing an alleged violation of one or more of those laws or regulations. It will familiarize participants with the nature of a violation of state or federal laws and regulations, the nature of a breach of a contractual obligation, the legal and procedural steps of litigating such a violation, the determination of damages arising from such a violation, and the possible restitution that might be expected from the perpetrator of such a violation.

The course will use recent or ongoing state and federal court cases to help familiarize participants with the practical application of the subject matter of the course.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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MBAG 8676 / DPPG 9676 - FightCorruptn: PEPs,FCPA&UNCAC      

Fighting Corruption: PEPs, FCPA & UNCAC

Corruption is a widespread problem that affects both political and economic development throughout the world. This course will look at how corrupt politicians and corporations seem to steal with relative impunity and what mechanisms are available to address and solve this problem. Specific areas of focus include: understanding what is meant by corruption and politically exposed persons (“PEPs”), understanding how offshore secret financial havens work, becoming familiar with enhanced legislative efforts with extraterritorial reach like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, understanding efforts that are underway to recover and return stolen assets, becoming familiar with state-sponsored efforts to address petty corruption, and understanding how organizations can protect themselves from running afoul of new laws designed to prevent corruption.

By the end of the course students will be able confidently claim that they understand compliance with the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, the asset recovery process (Chapter V of the UN Convention against Corruption), and the risks of working with politically-exposed persons (PEPs).

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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