Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law

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Dates: June 25 - JULY 25, 2017

Why Hong Kong?

For twenty years, Hong Kong has been the site of the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law because it is a major financial and legal center in Asia. Hong Kong represents the territory through which investment flows into and out of China from Asia, Europe, and the United States. Hong Kong also continues to serve as the primary office in Asia for many law firms, investment banks, and other institutions providing services for transactions throughout the region.

The Asia-America Institute brings together participants and faculty members from around the world to study and live together in a residential college setting at the University of Hong Kong. The program is designed for students, lawyers, and others with an interest in international and comparative law and, in particular, for those who are or plan to be engaged in international practice at law firms or financial institutions.

JD students who have completed at least one year of law study, students preparing to study for an LLM degree in the United States, advanced law students from all countries, and judges, academics, practitioners, and other professionals seeking knowledge of American and comparative law are welcome to apply for the program.

A special benefit of attendance at the summer program for LLM students seeking employment in the U.S. and for JD students just completing their first year of law study is the opportunity to have available (by October) transcripts reflecting successful participation in advanced courses.

It is anticipated that 30-40 participants will enroll in the 2017 program - about one-third from the United States and the rest from countries around the world. The 2016 Asia-America Institute enrolled students from China, Denmark, Japan, Russia, Sourth Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the USA.

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Duke Law alumni gathered for dinner in Hong Kong with faculty from the Asia-American Institute in Transnational Law.
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"The Asia-America Institute is an amazing academic and cultural experience. The strength of the program comes from the wide range of classes offered by well-respected professors. Although the program was only four weeks, I learned a lot in the classes I took. While the classes were deep and rigorous, it was very helpful that the professors always made themselves available for discussion and questions. The program also offered an excellent cultural and social experience. Living in Hong Kong with students from international universities provided for a rich cultural experience that I doubt I could get from anywhere else. I learned a lot outside of classes thanks to the diverse viewpoints of my fellow students. The friendships and experiences that were built in those four weeks in Hong Kong are part of a greater process of internationalization which I believe will help me throughout my legal career."

—Christopher Grant, participant from Duke Law School