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 344

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 Sześciło 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. Julien Bétaille holds a Phd from the University of Limoges where its thesis was dedicated to “The legal conditions of norms’ effectiveness”, especially in Planning and Environmental Law (2012). In 2013, he was recruited to a permanent position at the University of Toulouse as Associate Professor (Maître de conferences).

He is the French representative of the International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE) and the co-director of a Master’s degree in Environmental Law at the University of Toulouse since 2018.

His research interests are Environmental Law and Planning Law. Julien’s research focuses on the theoretical dimensions of environmental law (Effectiveness, Sanctions, Interpretation, etc.). Its research areas are notably Environmental Democracy, Access to Justice, Environmental Constitutionalism, Rights of Nature, Biodiversity and Large predators. He is also involved in Planning Law where he studies the ways Planning Law protects the Environment. Julien has authored or edited 5 books and numerous journal articles.

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