PUBLISHED:April 03, 2012

Application deadline for Summer Institutes is April 6

Applications for admission to Duke’s summer institutes in transnational law are due on April 6.

The 2012 Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law and the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law will run from July 1 to 31, drawing students from around the world.

The four-week residential programs are designed to expose students to the operations of legal and corporate institutions abroad, provide cross-cultural experiences, and participate in rigorous courses taught by a world-class faculty. Many Duke Law students precede their attendance at the institutes with summer legal jobs abroad.

The institutes also provide ample opportunity for students to get to develop relationships with their professors outside the classroom, says Spencer Young ’13, who attended the Duke-Geneva institute last summer.

“Professor [Tom] Metzloff took the program to heart in the opportunity that it gives professors to form relationships with students that are meaningful and not just about, ‘Did you read this article for me.’ It’s really about wanting to get to know the students,” Young says, adding that she, Metzloff and others even had a group outing to see Harry Potter. “He’s one of my favorite professors and I think having the opportunity to go to dinner with or see a professor on a regular basis was a great opportunity.”

Students also benefit from the economic, political, and legal features of their host cities, taking field trips to international law firms and institutions such as the World Trade Organization, United Nations offices and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, or the Stock Exchange and Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.

Courses available to students this summer include Reconciling Human Rights and International Property, Regulation of Nongovernmental Organization, International Insolvency: Countries and Companies, and Trade Law Behind Borders: The Relationship of Domestic Law to WTO Law.

“The summer institute in Geneva provides a wonderfully rich experience for students and faculty alike, in both academic and non-academic ways,” said Richard Schmalbeck, the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Professor of Law at Duke University and faculty director of the Geneva institute. “The courses afford a brief but intense opportunity to engage in either an overview of a broad subject, or a deep exploration of a subject of particular current interest. And all this takes place in the charming setting of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.”

Duke Law faculty teaching at the summer institutes include, in Hong Kong, Ralf Michaels (Globalization of the Family), Mitu Gulati (International Insolvency: Countries and Companies), Kimberly Krawiec (Introduction to American Law), Trina Jones (Introduction to American Law), and Francis McGovern (Wrongdoing and the Recovery and Distribution of Assets), and in Geneva, Paul Haagen (International Sport: Organization, Business, and Dispute Resolution), Joseph Blocher (Introduction to American Law), James Salzman (The Law of Energy and the Environment), Laurence Helfer (Reconciling Human Rights and International Property), Richard Schmalbeck (Regulation of Nongovernmental Organizations), Scott Silliman (Responding to Terrorism: Different Perspectives of Applicable Law).

View photos from the 2011 institutes in Geneva and Hong Kong.