The center’s International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy course exposes students to global legal and policy issues.
Faculty and students in the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth dissect issues affecting urban areas. The U.S. Census states that Atlanta is the third fastest-growing city in the country, which makes our downtown location ideal for this research.
Lawyers play a huge role in urban growth and development. They work with planners, business leaders and engineers to craft laws and regulations. College of Law students can see how the legal, regulatory and judicial actions of today affect the cities of the future.
The center’s focus includes suburbs, fringe, “edge” and satellite cities. Through the Urban Fellows Program, students can network with lawyers and urban planning experts and attend special events. The center also hosts professional development programs, such as the Study Space workshop.
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Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy
Lawyers make decisions that shape the future. The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth is building a legal foundation for the next generation.
According to the United Nations, more than 50 percent of people live in cities. Yet, the problems of growth are often studied in isolation.
The center takes a holistic approach to studying urban and growth management issues. We compare, learn from and improve upon experiences in other countries.
Our Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy is a collection of articles written by our faculty, students and urban development experts.
Famous white sandy beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, carnivals, music and important tropical forests against a backdrop of mountains define this “Cidade Maravilhosa” or Marvelous City.
However, behind this spectacularly beautiful, culturally vibrant city is a megacity, home to over 13 million people, confronting a wide array of urban challenges – income inequality among the worst in the world, informal settlements lacking basic infrastructure housing 20% of the population, poor transit connectivity, environmental concerns, and more.
Exacerbating these urban challenges are natural hazards such as droughts and storms with high wind and excess rainfall that caused devastating floods and landslides. In January 2011, Rio de Janeiro experienced the country’s worst natural disaster – a landslide that killed over 700 people and left 14,000 homeless sparking an outcry over the lack of disaster preparedness including early warning systems and the failure of urban planning including the relocation of vulnerable informal settlements.
A recent report states that since 2000, 7.7 million Brazilians have been forced to leave their homes due to flooding, droughts and other natural disasters as well as large-scale construction projects.
2020 Study Space Schedule
- Evening welcome reception
Monday, June 22: Urban Forests and Biodiversity
- Site visit: Tijuca Forest and Corcovado Mountain
- Lunch included
Tuesday, June 23: Cities, Disasters and Human Rights
- Site Visit: Discussion with community leaders in “Favela da Rocinha”
- Lunch included
Wednesday, June 24
- Participant Lectures
- Free afternoon for sightseeing or personal research
Thursday, June 25: Smart Cities
- Site Visit: Rio de Janeiro City Hall Operation Center
- Lunch included
Friday, June 26: Urban Revitalization Projects and Climate Change
- Site Visit: Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro Art Museum and City Tour
- Lunch and dinner included
Participants are responsible for booking their hotel rooms and will be provided with two suggested options upon application. The estimated cost of the hotel for Sunday through Friday nights is $850.
Study Space 2020 will explore disaster preparedness and mitigation in an era of climate change, including:
- Disasters, disaster preparedness and mitigation
- Housing and human rights
- Climate change, urban forests, and biodiversity
- Land use law, urban revitalization, and urban planning
- Smart cities
The Study Space workshop invites professionals with a background in city planning, land use, urban development, regulation and other related areas to go on a week long trip to some of the world’s fastest-growing cities. While there, the group identifies challenges and brainstorms solutions.
Study Space is unique because:
- Participation is limited to a small group of international scholars and professionals selected from a variety of disciplines.
- The program examines and provides recommendations for a defined set of challenges facing the host city.
- It promotes active learning and problem solving through research, site visits and group discussions with local academics, non- government organizations and government officials.
- Participants contribute scholarly articles for publication in an online journal with international reach.
Past trips include:
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Marseilles, France
- and Singapore.
Participants will receive reading materials to review prior to the start of the program. Attendees are expected to participate fully, including daily lectures, site visits, group discussions and dinners. Participants contribute scholarly articles for publication in the online journal, Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy, a publication of Georgia State Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
85 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303