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. The center’s focus includes suburbs, as well as fringe, “edge” and satellite cities.
College of Law students can see how the legal, regulatory and judicial actions of today affect the cities of the future. 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.
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.
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
Participants will receive reading materials to review prior to the start of the program. They are expected to participate fully, attending 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.
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Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
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Atlanta, GA 30303