Summer Legal Study in Brazil

Summer Legal Study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Law and International Development

May 14 — June 8

The summer legal program, “Law and International Development:  Comparative and International Perspectives” held in Rio de Janeiro, offers students the widest possible exposure to Brazil and its legal institutions. Students who attend the program benefit from a diverse learning environment with classes supplemented by role-playing exercises, field trips and Brazilian speakers drawn from law, government and civil society.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world. With a population estimated between 9 and 10 million people, it is a sprawling and varied metropolis. For centuries, it was the capital of Brazil and remains the nation’s cultural center. The city is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football, music and well preserved tropical forests.

The program runs from May 14 to June 8. This year’s program consists of one session worth five credit hours.

This program is a joint program between Tulane University Law School and Georgia State Law. The program is administered by Tulane’s Payson Center for International Development and Georgia State Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and is hosted by Fundaçao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.

Georgia State Law students interested in learning more about this program should contact Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08) at Students not enrolled at Georgia State Law should contact Tulane University Law School.

Law, Environmental Sustainability and Development: The program will begin with a field course in the city of Nova Friburgo in Rio de Janeiro state, about two hours from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport. Students will visit with different stakeholders competing for the resources of the extensive Tres Picos State Park, which abuts the city, and go on field trips related to the lectures. Students will gain a better grasp of the magnitude of the challenges facing park administrators and local governments as they work to responsibly manage natural resources.

Urban Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Law, Policy & Culture: After visiting the rainforest, students will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the remainder of the course. This part of the course will focus more deeply on the resolution of environmental and social conflicts in an urban context. Like most of Latin America, Brazil is a heavily urbanized nation, rich in natural resources. The resulting pressures and tensions are enormous. Through case studies and field visits, this course will enable students to grapple with the role of law and policy in resolving conflicts that raise a variety of questions from industrial development policies to struggles over race and class and gender equality against the backdrop of questions involving sound management of the built and physical environment.

Students will be enrolled in both courses for a total of 5 credit hours.

The cost for the 2014 program is $4,000 plus housing, airfare and incidentals.  This study abroad program will be worth 5 credit hours; therefore, students will be able to use federal financial aid to help cover the cost.

Note: The deadlines for the IEF and Global Experience Scholarship have passed. There is a wait list to participate in the 2014 program. Learn more at

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