International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397)

Monday & Wednesday from 1:15–3:15 p.m. (please note the lecture dates)

Course taught at Georgia State University College of Law

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

International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397) brings four 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. In addition to the lecture dates for each of the foreign visiting professors, the class will meet a few additional times over the course of the semester.  The first class will be on January 14th; however, additional meeting dates will be publicized soon.

There are two different sections with two different credit hours for this course: (a) 2-credits: Students who attend lectures and (b) 3-credits: Students who attend lectures AND go to Brazil for spring break week.  Students participating in the study abroad program will write a short reflection paper.  For all students, there will be an exam or assignment after each visiting professor.

Please make sure to enroll in the correct section. Enrollment in the 3-credit section requires instructor permission.  Please email Karen Johnston at for additional information.

This year, we will have visiting professors from Brazil, Poland, France, and Denmark.

Spring 2019 Visiting Professors

Professor Romulo Sampaio is a founding partner of the environmental law firm Reis & Sampaio LL.P 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).  Professor 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 Professor Sampaio’s eighth time teaching in the International Perspectives course; he has also played a major role in our study abroad program in Rio de Janeiro.

His lecture dates are:  Jan. 28, 30 and Feb. 4 and 6.

Dr. Dawid Szescilo is an assistant professor at University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Law and Administration and head of the public administration research unit.  He is also a consultant to SIGMA, a join initiative of the European Union and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  He teaches public law, public governance and management of humanitarian action.  He holds a Ph.D. in Public Law and Administration and a masters degree in Law from the University of Warsaw.  His lectures will focus on public administration.

His lecture dates are:  Feb. 25, 27 and Mar. 4 and 6.

Dr. Camille Mialot is a partner at Brandi Partners International in Paris, France and a lecturer in urban planning law at Sciences Po Law School.  He holds a Ph.D. in public law from Universite Paris I Sorbonne and in administrative law from the University of Barcelona, and a specialization in public law delivered by the French National Council of Bars.  Dr. Mialot was a lecturer in the Study Space Program in Barcelona in 2014, and has been a regular participant in the program.  This will be his second  time teaching in the International Perspectives course.  His lectures will focus on urban planning law.

His lecture dates are:  March 11 and 13.

 Dr. Ellen Margrethe Basse is a Professor of Environmental Law at the School of Business and Social Science at Aarhus University in Denmark. She was former Director of the Centre on Social Science Research on the Environment (AU), Director of studies, Master in Environmental and Energy Law, and head of the Climate Secretariat and President of the Climate Panel at AU. She has published widely (books as well as articles) on environmental, energy, climate and public law. Her sessions will focus on environmental law and climate change.

Her lecture dates are:  Apr. 1, 3, 8 and 10.


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