May 14 - June 8, 2014
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 program will run from May 14 to June 8, 2014. This year's program will consist of only one session and will be worth 5 credit hours.
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 is hosted by Fundaçao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.
Law, Environmental Sustainability and Development
The program will begin with a 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.
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 portion 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, 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.
Students will be enrolled in both courses for a total of 5 credit hours.
The cost for the 2014 program will be available soon. 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about this position.
Application deadlines should be announced soon.
Non-GSU Law students interested in attending this program should contact Tulane University.
Applications are not yet being accepted for this program. Please check back at the end of September.