International Perspectives Course

Each spring, the Metro Growth Center sponsors International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397) in which distinguished scholars from around the world lead small, focused seminars about land-use planning and environmental law in their countries.

The course is taught by three visiting professors. It is available to law students and graduate students from both Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning, and there are no pre-requisites.

This course is offered as a two or three credit hour course.  Students seeking to earn 2 credit hours will take an exam after each visiting professor’s seminar, for a total of three exams.  An optional third credit hour is available to students interested in attending the study abroad option over the spring break week and writing a research paper.

Spring 2017 Visiting Professors

Dr. Romulo Sampaio is a founding partner of the environmental law firm Reis & Sampaio LLP in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a professor of law and the Director of the Research and Policy Center for Law and the Environment (CDMA) at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s most prestigious academic institutions. He holds Doctorate (S.J.D.) and Master (LL.M.) degrees in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Economic and Social Law and LL.B. from Pontific Catholic University of Paraná Law School (PUC-PR). Professor Sampaio’s lectures will focus on the environmental challenges facing metropolitan growth management in Brazil, policy tools for sustainable land-use management, biodiversity conservation, and conservation practices, as well as a look at Brazilian case studies. This will be Professor Sampaio’s sixth time teaching in the International Perspectives course; he has also played a major role in our study abroad program in Rio de Janeiro.

His lecture dates are: January 18, 23, 25, 30 and February 1

Dr. Juli Ponce is a law professor and former assistant dean at the University of Barcelona School of Law in Barcelona, Spain, and a former Director of the Public Administration School of Catalonia.  He is a frequent speaker on administrative law, zoning, urban planning and housing law.  Dr. Ponce has published in professional journals throughout Spain, Europe, United States and Latin America.  He is a member of the European Network for Housing Research and a member of the European Group of Public Law.  Dr. Ponce has taught the International Perspectives course once before and is a regular participant in the Center's Study Space Program, including hosting the program at the University of Barcelona in 2014.  Dr. Ponce's lectures will focus on administrative law, housing law, and planning.

His lecture dates are:  February 20, 22, 27 and March 1 and 6.

Dr. Camille Mailot is a partner at Brandi Partners International in Paris, France and a lecturer in urban planning law at Sciences Po Law School.  He holds a Ph.D. in public law from Universite Paris I Sorbonne and in administrative law from the University of Barcelona, and a specialization in public law delivered by the French National Council of Bars.  Dr. Mailot was a lecturer in the Study Space Program in Barcelona in 2014, and has been a regular participant in the program.  His lectures will focus on urban planning law.

His lecture dates are:  April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19.


If you have any questions about this course, please contact Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08) at