Professor Warren (Wes) 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.
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.