International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397)

Monday & Wednesday from 2:10–4:10 p.m. (*note schedule)

Course taught at Georgia State University College of Law

85 Park Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 – Room 246

International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397) brings three distinguished scholars from around the world to lead small, focused seminars about land-use planning and environmental law in their countries.  This course is open to Georgia State law students and graduate students from both Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning.  There are no prerequisites.  This course does not meet every week – please note the lecture dates for each visiting professor. There will also be a class meeting on Jan. 10.

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 who choose to write a 10-15 page research paper on a comparative urban law and policy topic under the supervision of Professor Juergensmeyer.

This year, we will have visiting professors from Brazil, Singapore, and Portugal.

Spring 2018 Visiting Professors

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).  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 Sampaio’s seventh time teaching in the International Perspectives course.

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

Lee is an assistant professor at Singapore Management University School of Law.  He holds a law degree from National University of Singapore and an LL.M. from University College London.  He held the Lee Foundation Fellowship for Research Excellence (2009-2010) and received the Singapore Management University School of Law’s most promising teacher award (2010-2011).  He has served on the Law Society of Singapore’s Public and International Law Committee and the National Collection Advisory Panel of the National Heritage Board.  He has published articles on constitutional law, criminal procedure, heritage law, and other various subjects.  Dr. Lee’s lectures will focus on administrative law, public administration, and heritage preservation law.  This will be Lee’s first time teaching in the International Perspectives course; he will also play a major role in our upcoming Study Space Program in Singapore in June.

His lecture dates are:  Feb. 26, 28, March 5 and 7.

Monteiro is a professor at Lisbon University School of Law, principal researcher at its Centre for Research in Public Law, and a Justice of the Constitutional Court of Portugal. He received his graduation degree in law, Masters in Law and Political Science and Ph.D. in Law and Political Science from Lisbon University School of Law. His teaching and research is primarily focused on urban planning law, administrative law, constitutional law, property rights and the history of law. His lectures will focus on these topics.  This will be Dr. Monteiro’s first time teaching in the International Perspectives course; he will also play a major role in our Study Space Program in Lisbon in 2019.

His lecture dates are:  March 26, 28, April 2 and 4.


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