Georgetown University Law Center | 2011 Heiskell Award Winner: International Exchange Partnerships

2011 Heiskell Award Winner: International Exchange Partnerships

Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS)

Administered by Georgetown University Law Center

Nomination submitted by: Adam Kolker, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Transnational Programs

Program Overview
Founded in 2008 in London by a group of 12 partner schools including Georgetown, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) is a unique and creative partnership in transnational legal education, linking 24 leading law schools on five continents. Each school sends students, and in many cases faculty, for a semester-long program focused on a specially designed transnational curriculum.

The Founding Partner schools are, in addition to Georgetown, ESADE, Free University of Berlin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Kings College London, National University of Singapore, UNAM, University of Fribourg, University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paulo, University of Torino, and the University of Toronto.  The other Partners include Bucerius Law School, Católica Global School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies Law School, Diego Portales University, Moscow State University, National Law School of India University, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Queens University Belfast, Sciences Po Law School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, University of Auckland, and Yonsei Law School.

Operating in a shared facility in London, the program is "hostless" and grounded on the premise that a smaller, more interconnected world in which multiple legal systems overlap demands a new vision of legal studies. "Unlike most other disciplines, the study of law has traditionally been parochial in the sense that lawyers in most countries have been trained to practice law in the particular jurisdiction where they study," says Victor V. Ramraj, Associate Professor of Law at National University of Singapore. Students at CLTS, in contrast, "meet to study not domestic law, but rather the changing nature of law in a transnational era."

CLTS is recognized for its commitment to helping students prepare for global law careers, in the program’s own words, "by studying transnational legal topics from a transnational faculty from within a transnational student body."

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2011

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University

Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Donna Scarboro
Associate Vice President, International Programs, The George Washington University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad