1st Edition

The Export of Legal Education
Its Promise and Impact in Transition Countries

ISBN 9781138269224
Published November 29, 2016 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

This collection is the multifaceted result of an effort to learn from those who have been educated in an American law school and who then returned to their home countries to apply the lessons of that experience in nations experiencing social, economic, governmental, and legal transition. Written by an international group of scholars and practitioners, this work provides a unique insight into the ways in which legal education impacts the legal system in the recipient’s home country, addressing such topics as efforts to influence the current style of legal education in a country and the resistance faced from entrenched senior faculty and the use of U.S. legal education methods in government and private legal practice. This book will be of significant interest not only to legal educators in the United States and internationally, and to administrators of legal education policy and reform, but also to scholars seeking a more in-depth understanding of the connections between legal education and socio-political change.

Table of Contents

Contents: The export of legal education: its promise and impact in transition countries, Ronald A. Brand; Making a difference: the role of the LL.M. in policy formulation and reform, Wade Channell; A Kenyan experience with LL.M. education, Maurice Oduor; The Socratic method, clinical legal education and mediation: serving the promotion of the rule of law in Serbia, Jelena Arsic; Fighting dragons of the past: the internationalization of legal education at Donetsk National University, Daniil Fedorchuk; The export of American legal education and its impact in Serbia, Milena Ðordevic; Damnum iniuria datum and the law of torts: from cases to rules, Marco Gardini; Teaching in Mexico, Luz María Cárdenas Arenas; The big impact of a small program in the development of rule of law in Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani; Designing and implementing a legal English course to develop the rule of law in the context of transition in Pakistani society, Naveed Ahmad; The impact of the US legal system on Peruvian administrative law, Adolfo Céspedes Zavaleta; Working with precedents to develop the rule of Brazilian commercial law in a global scenario, Daniela Ballão Ernlund; Western education and Eastern development: ensuring effective development assistance in East Asia through capacity building, Jose Luis C. Syquia; Comparative analysis in the area of development of informational and communicational technologies: contemporary US and Uzbek legislation, Timur Arifdjanov; Index.

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Ronald A. Brand is Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the co-author of The 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Drafting Contracts Under the CISG (Oxford University Press, 2008). D. Wes Rist is Adjunct Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh.


'Numbers and statistics on US LLM education "exports" can only take us so far down the analytical road. Substantive knowledge of how US-trained LLMs affect educational, social, legal, and political policy in transitioning countries can only be generated by analyzing the actual experiences of the growing number of US-educated LLM graduates who are key democratic, business, policy, and human rights reformers around the globe. By providing in-depth case studies of these experiences, The Export of Legal Education makes a much-needed contribution to a woefully understudied area in international legal education and development studies.' Joseph Glicksberg, Open Society Institute, USA 'In the ongoing debate on globalization, the role of legal education receives scant attention. This book goes a long way in filling this void. It provides insightful, first-hand accounts of the important contributions made by returning LLM students. The result is a compelling case for increasing the use of legal education as an indispensable tool for the transfer of skills, social reform and greater integration of diverse ideas.' Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association, UK 'This collection provides revealing insights about an export not normally thought of as an export: US legal education... All educational institutions offering LL.M., or like programs for foreign students, should immediately obtain a copy of [this] publication. Doing so will enrich the opportunities for both sides of this equation, whereby readers can glean the lessons learned by a leading institution - and its graduates, who take their export back home on this two-way educational street.' ASIL Newsletter