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.

Spring 2016 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 fifth 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 20, 25, 27, February 1 and 3.

Prof. Dr. Feridun Yenisey is a professor of criminal law and criminal procedure and former Dean at Bahçeşehir University School of Law in Istanbul, Turkey.  He is the founder of the Institute for Global Understanding of the Rule of Law (IGUL), director of the Joint Research Group and Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law at Bahçeşehir University.  Prof. Dr. Yenisey studied Law at the University of Istanbul and worked there from 1971 to 1990, where he received his Ph.D. on Appeals in Criminal Law in 1978. He was appointed Professor in 1989. In 1990, he became Professor at Marmara University in the Faculty of Law. He was the founder (1991) and head of the Research and Learning Centre for Criminal Law and Criminology at Marmara University and member of Istanbul University’s Institute of Legal Medicine and the Legal Medicine Branch of the Ministry of Justice. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Mass Media of Marmara University from 1991-1993.  Prof. Dr. Yenisey has conducted research in Austria (Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie der Universität Wien) and in Germany, and has taught courses on comparative criminal law in the USA (Syracuse University, College of Law; South Texas College of Law; William Mitchell College of Law; Kansas University School of Law; Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School).  This will be Prof. Dr. Yenisey’s second time teaching in the International Perspectives course.  His lectures will focus on land use planning, historic preservation, disaster preparedness, environmental law and policy, and growth management.

His lecture dates are:  February 15, 17, 22, 24, and 29.

Dr. Gordon Pirie is Deputy Director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. The ACC is a vibrant interdisciplinary research hub that works with academics, practitioners and government officials to understand African cities as complex problems and sites of hope. Transportation and cities have been at the core of Dr. Pirie’s research. He has written a number of journal articles on transportation, apartheid, underdevelopment and cities, and published two research monographs on civil aviation and British imperialism with Manchester University Press.  Prior to joining the University of Cape Town, he taught at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, University of Salford in Manchester in the UK, and University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.  Dr. Pirie trained in geography and urban studies.  Dr. Pirie was a participant in the Metro Growth Center’s Study Space Program in Warsaw, Poland in June.

His lecture dates are:  March 23, 28, 30, April 4 and 6.


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