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Adjunct Faculty

Office
McCone Building
Tel
(831) 647-4155
Email
wsmall@miis.edu

Professor Small was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy before obtaining his JD degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Upon graduating from law school in 1996 with a specialization certificate in international law, Professor Small opened his law practice in Carmel, California where he specializes in intellectual property law, international business transactions, and international trade law. Professor Small has complemented his law practice with teaching courses in international law at several law schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been teaching at the Institute since 2001 with a focus on International Law, International Trade Law, and Corporate Compliance.

Professor Small stresses the practical application of the material he teaches and attempts to provide students with a skill set they can immediately apply to future employment opportunities.  He is a strong believer in developing effective communication skills and he actively works with students to develop their ability to write professionally and speak convincingly. Professor Small has significant 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. Similarly, Professor Small is actively involved in a Trade Law Compliance program at MIIS that stresses a hands-on approach to compliance issues.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past four years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

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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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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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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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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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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Areas of Interest

I remain passionate the evolution, application and enforcement of all aspects of international law. I am excited to be on the MIIS faculty because it fulfills my other passion, teaching, and 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. It also allows me to see my students actually apply what they have learned in class to real-world issues and problems.

Academic Degrees

  • JD (Subspecialty Certificate in International Law), Golden Gate University School of Law, 1996
  • MA in Political Science (International Relations), Stanford University, 1992
  • MA in Political Science (American Government), Auburn University, 1984
  • Certificate of Completion, Air War College, Air University, 1984
  • MS in Oceanography, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 1979
  • BS in Building Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1969

Professor Small has been teaching at the Institute since 2001.