Globalization of Law and the Future of Legal Education

Tuesday, 2008 February 26
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (AB Hall-310)

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On Feb. 26, leaders from the Transnational Law Program partner universities will participate in a roundtable discussion on transnational law.  The event, held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall, is open to the public and eligible for 1 Missouri Continuing Legal Education credit. This event is free and open to the public.

The Transnational Law Program will prepare students to enter and ultimately assume leadership in the expanding areas of international and transnational law, says Michael Peil, assistant dean for international programs and executive director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law.

“We are excited to offer this unique new program that will benefit both our students and faculty, and students and faculty at our partner schools,” Peil says. “The integrated aspect of the curriculum makes it unlike any other offering at our peer institutions. Both our American and European graduates will be prepared for rewarding professional lives in an increasingly globalized world.”

Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr., the William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and chair of the program’s faculty advisory committee, notes: “While program graduates will receive degrees in both Europe and the United States, their education will be more than the sum of these two systems. The Transnational Law Program’s focus reflects the new reality of a legal environment that transcends national boundaries. Financial and commercial transactions, for example, cross borders every minute of every day; environmental impacts know no national borders, and family law cases as well as criminal prosecutions more often have transnational dimensions. Firms, businesses, government agencies, and non-government organizations increasingly need lawyers trained in transnational systems.”

Charles Burson, retired executive vice president and general counsel at Monsanto Company and a member of the law school’s National Council, observes that the program will help train law students for the demands of international business.

“This bold program provides law students a platform from which to launch into the new reality of our global market. Participation in the program will open up new and exciting opportunities for students, to the benefit of their future employers and clients,” says Burson, who is of counsel at Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis and is serving as a visiting professor at the law school.

Similarly, Thomas Lowther, National Council member and partner at the Stolar Partnership in St. Louis, notes: “In today's shrinking world, any lawyer with a commercial practice will sooner or later encounter an international transaction.  The power of this program is that it exposes students to legal systems that differ from ours, making them more alert to legal issues in cross-border transactions.”
Adriaan Dorresteijn, dean of the University College at Utrecht, notes that the new Transnational Law Program is a natural fit: “This unique program builds upon our very successful partnership with Washington University School of Law, including the Summer Institute for Global Justice and other faculty and student exchanges. The new degree program addresses an obvious need for students and faculty at both universities.”

Leila Nadya Sadat, J.D., the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Harris Institute, launched the highly popular summer program in Utrecht in 2005. Focusing on international justice, this program draws distinguished faculty and students from around the world.