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International Immersion Opportunities

Oxford Summer Program

For the 43rd consecutive year, the University of Oklahoma College of Law will conduct a program at Oxford University for American law students. The Oxford Summer Program affords students an opportunity to live and study in stimulating and beautiful surroundings under the guidance of American and English legal educators. The Program also provides students the opportunity to visit and observe English legal institutions.

Oxford is one of the great architectural treasures of the world, containing examples of building styles from the 11th to the 20th centuries. Along with Cambridge, Oxford University is one of only two universities in Europe that has preserved the medieval collegiate system.

 

HISTORY

The College of Law has been hosting an Oxford Summer Program for 43 years.  The program has been at Brasenose College since 1999.  Last year, a total of 37 students from OU and other law schools participated.

 

For more information on the Oxford Program, click here.

 

CONTACT

Professor Donald T. Bogan
Director of the OU Law Oxford Summer Program
Andrew M. Coats Hall
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, Oklahoma 73019-5081

Phone: (405) 325-4729
Fax: (405) 325-0502
Email: rlucas@ou.edu

Chinese Law Summer Program

May 19 - June 17 or May 19 - June 3, 2017

The University of Oklahoma College of Law participates in a summer program hosted by Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing for American law students. The program affords students an opportunity to study Chinese and international law under the guidance of American and Chinese legal educators and experience Chinese culture and history. It also provides the opportunity for two-week internships with Chinese law firms.  

The Chinese Law Summer Program is offered in affiliation with Indiana University-Indianapolis, University of Minnesota, Boston College and University of Tennessee Schools of Law. It is the longest-standing American law school study abroad program in China, having been administered by Indiana University-Indianapolis for 26 years.

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Students may take either a two-week course for two credits or a four-week course for 5 credits. The program provides an overview of the Chinese legal system and focuses on the evolution of Chinese domestic law within the country's socialist market economy.  The Program also provides insight into areas of law of contemporary importance, such as labor law and environmental law. The courses will be taught in English by Chinese faculty members of Renmin University School of Law who are experts in their fields.

Details and an application form may be found at its webpage at http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/focus/international/study-abroad-china/index.html.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.  Early application is recommended as enrollment is limited.

For more information on the study abroad program in China, click here.

CONTACT

For questions regarding OU Law’s involvement, contact Professor Mary Sue Backus at msbackus@ou.edu, or Rebecca Lucas, Registrar, at rlucas@ou.edu.

International Law Programs

At the College of Law, we recognize the importance of international law in an interconnected world. We offer our students a variety of international law courses and opportunities to engage in international affairs externships. We have a vibrant International Law Society that hosts numerous speakers on campus. To give our students unique insights into the foreign policy making process, we have prioritized hosting innovative international law and affairs conferences linked to influencing the U.S. government’s foreign policy decisions. We also participate in the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab program, which allows students to research topics of interest to the Department and brief foreign affairs officers on their findings. We also offer our students the opportunity to earn a Joint Juris Doctor and Master in International Studies.

OU College of Law students from the Human Rights Law class accompany Professor Evelyn Aswad to a meeting of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law (ACIL) and a meeting of a Department working group on religion and conflict mitigation. Each student had conducted research on various aspects of religious violence prior to attending the meeting. Marcelo Pendleton remarked “The meetings were an electrifying experience that put the competencies that we learned throughout the semester in a whole new perspective.” 

For more information on international and comparative law programs, click here.

CONTACT

Professor Evelyn Aswad

aswadem@ou.edu

International Human Rights Clinic

The University of Oklahoma College of Law International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) is a center for practical training in the field of International Human Rights and Inter-American System of Human Rights. Students enrolled in the for-credit course prepare and submit reports to the United Nations on the human-rights challenges facing indigenous peoples across the world. These reports are based on the students’ research and first-hand experience visiting indigenous peoples in each location studied.

Since the program’s inception in 2009, the IHRC has submitted to the United Nations 26 reports about the human rights situation of the indigenous people of: Guyana (twice), Panama (twice), Papua New Guinea, Suriname (twice), Ecuador, Morocco, Uganda, Venezuela (twice), Argentina, Colombia (twice), France (twice), Zambia, Belize, Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Guatemala (twice), Paraguay, and Peru. OU Law students have traveled to and conducted research in each of these countries (except Papua New Guinea).

Every report submitted to date by OU Law students has been cited by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations (OHCHR), and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to the U.N. (CERD).

 

CONTACT

Alvaro Baca

Inter-American Center for Law & Culture

abaca@ou.edu

405-325-4879

 

In His Own Words - Blake Jackson's Trip to Asuncion, Paraguay with the International Human Rights Clinic

Before the start of each semester, students enrolled in the International Human Rights Clinic travel to select foreign countries to make preliminary observations and visit with government officials and stakeholders about issues impacting the nation’s indigenous populations. Throughout the subsequent semester, students combine the experiences from their travels with international law research to draft a “shadow report,” which is submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Their research and conclusions are also presented before a university audience.

As an enrollee of the Clinic, I was able to travel to Paraguay over winter break with four other students and Professor Baca. We had the invaluable opportunity to interact with officials in the following entities: Department of Ethnic Rights; Ombudsman’s Office, Department of Indigenous Peoples; Office of Directorate of Indigenous Health; Paraguayan Institute of Indigenous Affairs (INDI); Supreme Court of Justice, Department of Human Rights; Secretariat of Linguistic Policy; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Department of Human Rights; and the Federation for Autonomy of Indigenous Peoples (FAPI). On the fourth day, we traveled outside the capital city of Asuncion to visit the isolated indigenous community of the Sawhoyamaxa peoples. They spoke to us about life in their community and how they have endured a long struggle in regaining title to their traditional homelands.

I feel very fortunate for having been able to participate in this trip. My professional aspiration is to practice American Indian law, so it was very eye-opening to see indigenous life in a foreign country and how they interact with their own national government. Many of the struggles that they face are some of the same ones that many Native American communities face right here at home: life in isolation, poverty, and a struggle for the federal government to see the real problems plaguing their everyday life. I look forward to documenting my findings in the report, and I know that this is an experience that I will always value.

International Business & Human Rights Center

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has established the first International Business & Human Rights Center at a U.S. law school.  The Center was founded in 2016 with a two-fold mission: (1) to prepare college of law students to address the growing human rights challenges faced by U.S. companies operating abroad, and (2) to provide academic think tank capabilities and expertise to positively influence contemporary international business and human rights ("IBHR") issues, with a particular focus on the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and energy sectors.  The Center seeks to achieve this mission by hosting awareness raising eventsengaging in legal advocacy on contemporary IBHR issuesoffering cutting-edge courses, and producing relevant scholarship.

U.S. businesses are increasingly finding themselves in difficult operating environments abroad that have weak rule of law institutions and significant human rights problems.  At the same time, the U.S. Government expects companies to respect human rights and conduct human rights due diligence in their operations, in line with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. A recent survey has found a significant number of companies now have human rights policies and companies more often than not expect their lawyers to serve as the implementers of such policies.  These expectations require leadership by the legal community and support for U.S. businesses operating abroad.

The Center’s team is at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma. Evelyn Aswad, the Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law, is the founder and director of the Center.  Follow the Center on Twitter: @OULawIBHR 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENTER

 

CONTACT

Professor Evelyn Aswad

aswadem@ou.edu

For more information, please visit our Center for International Business and Human Rights.

International Law & Affairs Externships

OU Law students serve in a variety of externships involving international law and affairs, including at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, the U.S. Embassies in Uganda, Slovakia, and Hungary, the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and in Japan at Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous.

CONTACT

Professor Connie Smothermon

405-325-6164

csmothermon@ou.edu

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