Session I: May 26 - June 12, 2013
Session II: June 13 - June 28, 2013
Bem vindo! Welcome! The summer legal program, "Law and International Development: Comparative and International Perspectives" held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is designed to offer students the widest possible exposure to Brazil, Brazilian society, and their legal institutions. Students that 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 thus remains the nation's cultural center. The city is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football, music and well preserved tropical forests.
The month-long program consists of two separate sessions, each lasting two weeks. Each two week session is worth 3 credit hours. Students may register for one or both of the sessions.
This program is a joint program between Tulane University Law School and Georgia State University College of Law. The program is administered by Tulane's Payson Center for International Development and GSU's Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and was hosted by Fundaçao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.
Read about Max Holland's experience in the Rio Program this past summer. Max Holland is an Urban Fellows student, a recipient of the Johann Droogman Scholarship, and was the ATLAS student on the program.
Session I: Law, Environmental Sustainability and Development
This session consists of two distinct parts. The first is an intensive, week-long field course in the city of Nova Friburgo, located in Rio de Janeiro state, approximately 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. The second half of the course will take place in Rio de Janeiro. It will be skills-based, introducing students to negotiation and mediation techniques used to resolve the types of disputes studied in the first week.
Session II: Urban Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Law, Policy & Culture
This session will complement Session I, but 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, but also rich in natural resources. The resulting pressures and tensions are enormous. Through the use of 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.
The costs associated with participating in the program include:
For more information about the housing options, please visit the Tulane University website. Please note that because of the events happening in Rio de Janeiro this summer, the cost for housing is more expensive in session 2.
Financial aid and scholarships are available.
GSU law students may be eligible for a scholarship to participate in this program. GSU's Study Abroad Programs offers two scholarship opportunities - the Global Experience Scholarship and the IEF Scholarship. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more information about deadlines and requirements.
The College of Law also awards the Johann Droogman Scholarship annually to a law student enrolled in a GSU Study Abroad Program. Contact Karen Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to apply.
For the past two years, this summer legal program has hired an ATLAS student to help with the marketing and coordination of this program. Contact Karen Johnston at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about this position.
Application deadlines should be announced soon.
Only GSU Law students should apply through Georgia State University. Non-GSU Law students interested in attending this program should contact Tulane University.
Click here to apply online. GSU Law has been guaranteed 7 spaces in the program through February 15, 2013. After February 15th, these spaces will be released to Tulane University.
Space in the program is limited so early application is encouraged.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.