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International Programs

Loyola University New Orleans School of Law’s emphasis on comparative and international law has generated curricular innovation and numerous programs offering students and faculty opportunities to study and develop expertise in this growing field. In addition to its many foreign summer programs, the law school now annually conducts a seminar in Europe that tours the leading institutions of the European Union, fields a team in an international Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria, and regularly sends and receives visiting faculty to and from many foreign institutions. This burgeoning activity produces many opportunities for the study of international and comparative law, including frequent scholarly events, such as public addresses and faculty colloquia, and much publication in comparative and international law journals.

Foreign Summer Programs

Loyola’s foreign summer programs are an important component of Loyola School of Law’s international focus. Loyola currently sponsors foreign programs in six foreign countries: Austria (in cooperation with the University of Vienna Law School); Hungary (in cooperation with the Eötvös Loránd University School of Law in Budapest); Mexico (a three-week program in Cuernavaca with an optional two-week extension in Costa Rica or Brazil); and Russia (in conjunction with Touro Law Center and Moscow State University). These sessions offer a broad selection of comparative and international law courses, with particular emphasis on those relevant to the host countries’ legal systems and cultures. In summer 2003, more than 200 students throughout the United States participated in these programs. Loyola’s foreign summer programs are open to students in good standing from any accredited law school.

Vienna, Austria

The University of Vienna School of Law is the site of Loyola’s largest foreign summer program. Five one-credit-hour seminars and one three-credit-hour comparative law course are taught by University of Vienna and Loyola School of Law faculty. Seminars include: Law of the European Union; Comparative Bioethics; International Commercial Arbitration; Law of the Internet; Comparative Copyright Law; and International Human Rights. During summer 2003, 80 students studied at Loyola’s Vienna program.

In Vienna, visits to government institutions and special lectures complement the law curriculum. German-speaking participants have the opportunity to serve internships in Vienna law firms. Optional after-class walking and streetcar tours highlight the cultural life of Vienna. Side trips to Salzburg, Prague, and Venice enhance the weekends during the program.

Moscow, Russia

Loyola School of Law and Touro Law Center, in cooperation with Moscow State University, sponsor a three-week summer program in Moscow, Russia. The program affords students the opportunity to study law in a historic country whose legal, economic, social, and cultural institutions are undergoing a dramatic transition. Witnessing the evolution of the new Russian legal system and economy provides firsthand experience in comparative law. Courses, supplemental lectures, and tours allow students not only to study substantive legal, but also to compare the emerging Russian legal system with options from the United States and other common law and civil law jurisdictions.

Budapest, Hungary

In conjunction with the Eötvös Loránd University School of Law, the Budapest Summer Legal Studies Program presents a two-week, two-course comparative law offering for those interested in the evolving political and legal landscape of central Europe. Participants have the opportunity to witness firsthand the dramatic evolution of this dynamic Central European country as it prepares to enter the European Union.
The comparative law curriculum is complemented by visits to key legal institutions in Budapest, including the Supreme Court, the Parliament, and an international law firm. Classes are conducted at the distinguished Eötvös Loránd University law facility, conveniently located in the downtown area of the city, and students reside nearby in the university neighborhood.

Cuernavaca, Mexico

Loyola offers a three-week summer session in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Famous for its year-round agreeable climate, Cuernavaca is smaller and more manageable than Mexico City, yet is less than an hour away from the capital’s attractions via modern buses. Courses vary from year to year and include such subjects as: Comparative Law, Civil Law Tradition, Immigration Law, Regulation of International Trade, Administration of Criminal Justice, and the Courts in a Federal System.
All courses include comparative instruction regarding Mexico’s legal system. Classes are taught by faculty from Loyola and other American and foreign law schools. The Summer Program in Mexico offers interaction with the Mexican legal community, including tours of judicial, legal, and government offices and a conference with the Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of Morelos.

Optional Two-week Sessions in Costa Rica or Brazil

Immediately following the three-week Mexico session, Loyola offers an optional two-week session with a two-credit-hour course in Latin American Legal Systems. The location of this session alternates each year between Costa Rica and Brazil.

São Paulo, Brazil

Loyola offers a two-credit-hour course in Latin American Legal Systems during this session. The course focuses on all elements of Brazil’s legal system: the substantive private law, judicial method, the judiciary, the legal profession, legal education, governmental structure, and public law.

Classroom instruction is enhanced by visits to one of Brazil’s leading law firms, the University of São Paulo School of Law (where select classes are held), and various courts in the Brazilian judicial system. These visits allow opportunities for interaction with Brazilian attorneys, law students, and judges.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Loyola also offers a two-credit-hour course in Latin American Legal Systems during this session. The course focuses on all elements of Costa Rica’s legal system: the substantive private law, judicial method, the judiciary, the legal profession, legal education, governmental structure, and public law.
Classroom instruction is enhanc

ed by visits to one of Costa Rica’s leading law firms, the University of Costa Rica School of Law (where classes are held), and various courts in the Costa Rican judicial system.

Annual European Union Seminar Tour

Each December since 1998, Loyola has offered a tour of the principal institutions of the European Union (EU) for students studying this developing area of transnational law. Arriving in Brussels, the group participates in lectures and tours at the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, as well as an evening reception hosted by an American law firm. The group then travels by rail to Luxembourg to witness an oral argument at the European Court of Justice (with a preliminary case briefing and instruction in the court’s procedures). The tour then travels to Strasbourg, France, featuring tours and instruction at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights. The group then travels to Paris for a final weekend and return flights home.

International Moot Court Team

Since 1995, Loyola’s Commercial Law Arbitration students have been invited to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition at the University of Vienna School of Law in Austria. The invitational competition features teams from five continents and 28 countries, and more than 500 students. This Moot Court competition brings together 200 lawyers, jurists, and professors from around the world.


Certificates in Comparative and International Law

As described further in this bulletin, Loyola law students may also pursue special certification in the area of international law.

Visiting Faculty

In recent years, Loyola has hosted a number of distinguished visiting professors from such countries as Austria, Canada, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom. Loyola faculty have served as visiting professors and lecturers in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom. In addition, Loyola faculty members have published books, articles, and papers with presses and learned journals in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, and Malaysia.

International Programs Advisory Board

A special advisory board of foreign law scholars and practitioners has been established to offer guidance to Loyola students and faculty in pursuing studies and research in international and comparative law.

Updated August 24, 2005