Fundamentals of American Planning Law Workshop

Land Use, Environment and Urban Redevelopment

Fundamentals of American Planning Law

  • Date: Monday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 3
  • LocationGeorgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta

Students, scholars and professionals are invited to learn more about urban planning, land use law, environmental law and urban redevelopment in the United States during the weeklong Fundamentals in American Planning Law workshop.  Through lectures from world renowned scholars and practitioners as well as daily site visits designed to enrich the educational experience, participants will develop a strong foundation for comparative legal work.

All lectures will be in English without simultaneous translation; therefore, English proficiency is necessary.  Lectures will be held at Georgia State University College of Law.

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Program Details

Law and planning students, scholars and professionals from around the world are invited to apply.  The program fee is $650 (an additional $50 is required for the optional visit to Serenbe) and must be paid at the time of application. No scholarships are available.

The program must have 15 paid participants to be confirmed, or refunds will be issued. Refunds will not be issued for other reasons. The program fee includes scheduled group meals, speaker honoraria and site visits. Hotel, airline tickets and airport ground transportation must be purchased separately. Participants are responsible for booking their hotel rooms.

Note: Some adjustments may be made to this schedule.

Sunday, Oct. 29

  • Optional visit to Serenbe, a sustainable community ($50 extra)

Monday, Oct. 10

  • 9 a.m. Check in, meet and greet, and coffee
  • 9:30-11 a.m. Introduction to U.S. Planning Law and Policy (Julian Juergensmeyer)
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. New Urbanism (TBD)
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 2 p.m. Site Visit: Tour of Health is a Human Right Art Exhibit
  • 4 p.m. Reception at Georgia State Law

Tuesday, Oct. 31

  • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Site Visit:  Guided Atlanta Beltline Tour
  • 1 p.m. Lunch
  • Free afternoon for sightseeing or personal research

Wednesday, Nov. 1

  • 10-11 a.m. Urban Parks (Romulo Sampaio)
  • 11 a.m.-Noon Resilient Cities (John Marshall)
  • 12:30-4 p.m. Lunch & Site Visit: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Thursday, Nov. 2

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cities and Cultural Heritage (Ryan Rowberry)
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. Mixed Use Development and Brownfields Redevelopment (John Marshall)
  • Noon Ponce City Market for Discussion and Lunch
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Book event and reception:  Market Demand-Based Planning and Permitting

Friday, Nov. 3

  • 10 a.m.-Noon Global Perspectives on Urban Planning Law and Policy (panel discussion)
  • Free Afternoon

There are many hotel options in downtown and midtown Atlanta that would be convenient to Georgia State Law.

Many visitors prefer to stay in midtown Atlanta for its restaurant selections, nightlife and proximity to attractions such as the High Museum, Piedmont Park and Atlanta Botanical Gardens. From Midtown, visitors can take MARTA or a taxi to campus.

Participants staying in downtown Atlanta will be able to walk to campus and nearby restaurants.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 11. The $650 program fee must be paid at the time of application. The optional trip to Serenbe is an additional $50).  Fifteen paid participants must be registered to confirm this program, or a refund will be issued. The program fee is nonrefundable for any other reason.

Applicants are advised to wait to book their hotel and airfare until the program is confirmed.

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If you have any questions, contact Karen Johnston (J.D. '08), assistant director, at


If you have any questions about this program, or would like any additional information, contact Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08), assistant director, at