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How to explain bad grades in phd application due to bad lecturers?

I recommend you don't mention this at all. Here are some reasons: Variation in the quality of lecturers is already built into the grades and GPAs of all other students, so this does not raise any ...
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What is the equivalent GPA for Cum Laude in Spain?

I'd say cum laude could be translated by 'With Honors' and you can just have this Cum Laude distinction when you have a 10/10 grade. With honors enables you to qualify for the extraordinary award for ...
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What would be the best way to convince a professor to waive late submission penalties?

It may be that the professor has no discretion to waive the late penalty. At my institution we have an "extenuating circumstances" panel that does have the discretion to waive late ...
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