Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), Administered by Georgetown University
2011 Heiskell Award Winner: International Exchange Partnerships
Nomination submitted by: Adam Kolker, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Transnational Programs
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."