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ABA Required Disclosures for Brussels & Geneva Summer Program

THE CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL OF FOREIGN SUMMER AND INTERSESSION PROGRAMS ESTABLISHED BY ABA-APPROVED LAW SCHOOLS WAS REVISED IN AUGUST 2010. SPECIFIC INFORMATION MUST BE DISCLOSED TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FROM THE INITIAL POINT OF CONTACT. THE COMPLETE ABA STATEMENT IS AVAILABLE ON THEIR WEBSITE:

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/foreign_study.html.

 

PART VIII, DISCLOSURES REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:


1. Dates, location(s), description of the program, and anticipated enrollment:

Program Overview

June 30 - July 17, 2014

Brussels: June 30-July 11

Geneva: July 14-17

The Georgia Law Summer Program in Brussels and Geneva offers U.S. and foreign law students an outstanding opportunity to immerse themselves in European Union Law (with a focus on EU business law) and international trade law under the World Trade Organization. The 3-credit hour program is taught by distinguished U.S. and European faculty and numerous guest speakers from European Union institutions, the WTO, and leading international law firms. The first two weeks of the program take place in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and political epicenter of the EU. A charming European city that is easy to navigate, Brussels offers students a plethora of opportunities for social activities as well as an ideal launching point for travel within Europe. The final week is an intensive introduction to the World Trade Organization in its home base, Geneva, a stunning city full of history and the home of numerous international organizations on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Anticipated enrollment is 15 U.S. law students and 15 foreign participants.


2. The nature of the relationship with the foreign institution, if any, other than the provision of facilities and minimal services: The Institute for European Studies (IEE) at St.-Louis University (Université St.-Louis) in Brussels, Belgium has partnered with Georgia Law since 2011. Georgia Law has had a summer program in Brussels since 1974. IEE provides faculty for two one-credit courses, Introduction to the Legal System of the European Union, and Aspects of European Union Business Law, organizes guest lectures, cultural and legal excursions, and provides administrative support to the summer program. In addition, IEE recruits non-credit participants from European and other countries.


3. The number of students who participated in the program the previous year from the sponsoring law school(s) and the number from other schools (if the program is open to other students): In 2013, there were 27 credit and non-credit participants in the program from the U.S., Belgium, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, including 5 students from Georgia Law and one from the University of Richmond.


4. If the program is not limited to students from U.S. law schools, the countries likely to be represented and the expected number of students from those countries:

EU countries and some Central Asian or Middle Eastern countries are the ones most likely to be represented, besides the United States.


5. Description of each course and number of credit hours:

Introduction to the Legal System of the European Union

(1 credit), taught by Prof. Antoine Bailleux, Université St.-Louis, Brussels

In this course participants learn about how governance of the European Union is organized and the common principles that bind together the twenty-eight member states. This introduction to EU law will explain how the main institutions and bodies of the European Union cooperate with each other in the drafting and adoption process related to legally binding acts, with particular emphasis on the European Court of Justice and the judicial remedies available in the EU legal order. The course also includes a presentation of the various techniques whereby the EU authorities seek to harmonize national legislations and ensure the functioning of the EU’s internal market.

Aspects of European Union Business Law

(1 credit), taught by Prof. Delphine Misonne, Université St.-Louis, Brussels

This course provides an introduction to some selected aspects of EU business law that are representative of the typical practice of an international law firm, such as competition law (including antitrust and merger control) and intellectual property, in particular issues such as the exhaustion of intellectual property rights and the interface between IP and competition issues. In addition, business and trade-related aspects of environmental law will be covered. Participants will also gain an overview of tax law related to the day-to-day practice of lawyers based in the EU.

International Trade Law Practice under the WTO

(1 credit), taught by Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia School of Law

This course examines legal issues and trade practices under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It begins with a history and overview of the WTO legal system, including obligations and commitments.  Topics will include the dispute settlement system and major legal issues under the WTO. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners about trade-related litigation and hot topics in WTO jurisprudence. The course will include guest speakers from the World Trade Organization and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as well as private international litigators.


6.  Schedule of classes with days and times for each class:

June 30 - July 17, 2014 (Tentative)

Université St-Louis

June 30  

9:00-12:00 Introduction to the Legal System of the EU Institutions (ILSEUI)

18:00-19:00 ILSEUI

July 1

9:00-12:00; 13:30-14:30 ILSEUI

July 2

9:00-12:30 ILSEUI

July 3

9:00-11:30 ILSEUI

July 4

9:30-11:00 EXAM

July 7

13:30-17:30 Aspects of EU Business Law (EUBL)

July 8

9:00-12:00 EUBL; 14:00-15:00 International Trade Law Under the WTO (ITL)/Visit to AmCham 

July 9

9:00-12:00; 14:00-15:00 EUBL

July 10

9:00-11:30; 14:00-14:30 EUBL

July 11

EXAM 9:00-10:30; 11:00-13:30 ITL

Geneva

July 14 

Arrival/Boat Tour of Geneva

July 15

11:00-12:30; 15:00-17:00 ITL

July 16

9:00-12:00; 13:00-14:00 ITL/WTO visit

July 17

9:00-12:00 ITL; EXAM 15:30-17:00

July 18

Departure


7. Requirements for student performance and grading method:

Grading: The grading system will be the same as that regularly used at the University of Georgia School of Law, available at: http://law.uga.edu/student-handbook-contents#part6. The UGA School of Law utilizes the following grading system:

A+ = 4.3, A = 4.0, A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3, C = 2.0, C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3, D = 1.0, F = 0.00

I= Incomplete, U = Unsatisfactory, W = Withdraw
WP = Withdraw Passing, WF = Withdraw Failing 
NR = Not Reported, IP = In Progress 
YL = Year-long Course (reported at end of academic year)

Class Attendance: Standard 304(d) of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools requires regular and punctual class attendance as a means of fulfilling residency and class hour requirements. Regular and punctual class attendance is an integral part of the learning process. In compliance with the foregoing standard, it is Law School policy that students must attend classes regularly. A student should not incur during a semester a number of absences in excess of twice the number of times a particular course is scheduled to meet per week. An instructor may, but is not required to, establish his or her own more demanding attendance policy at the beginning of a particular course. Any such policy shall be announced and enforced by the instructor.

Credit: Each of the three courses will culminate in a 90-minute, in-class exam. Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive 3 ABA-approved hours of academic credit. 


8. Enrollment limitations on any courses offered and criteria for enrollment, including

Prerequisites:

The course prerequisites are one completed year of law school at an ABA-accredited institution and good standing status.


9. A statement that acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program, including

externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the student’s home school:

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student’s home law school. Participants are responsible for obtaining approval to transfer credit and information about the possibility of accelerated graduation from their own law schools. Transcript request information will be provided to visiting students after completion of the program and individual students are responsible for submitting their own transcript requests with appropriate fees.


10. Descriptive biography of the program director:

C. Donald Johnson joined Georgia Law in June 2004 as the director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. In this capacity, he is responsible for the management and direction of the center's mission of increasing the understanding of global legal and policy issues through teaching, conferences, research, scholarship and international outreach programs.

Prior to his current role, Johnson was a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in the law related to international trade and investment, national security and foreign policy issues.

In 1998, he was nominated to the rank of ambassador by President Bill Clinton in the Office of United States Trade Representative and served for two and a half years as chief textile negotiator. Among the significant negotiations concluded during Johnson's tenure in office were the U.S.-China WTO Accession Agreement and the U.S.-Cambodia Textile Agreement. The latter agreement, which Johnson negotiated with the Cambodian Commerce Minister, is considered a landmark in that it included, for the first time, labor provisions linked to trade benefits. He also led the U.S. in WTO dispute cases involving textiles against the European Union and Pakistan and resolved other disputes through negotiations. Johnson was substantially involved with the development of trade legislation during this period including the Trade Act of 2000, which incorporated the Caribbean Basin Initiative and African Growth and Opportunity Act.

From 1993 to 1994, Johnson served as the U.S. congressman for the 10th district of Georgia. While in this position, he was a member of the House Armed Services and the Science, Space and Technology committees and focused on national security and international economic policy. Johnson was also selected to serve as a member of Speaker Tom Foley's Working Group on Policy. He was a delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly (NATO's legislative advisory body) in Berlin and Copenhagen and monitored Russia's first parliamentary (Duma) election in Moscow in December 1993.

Johnson also served in the Georgia State Senate from 1987 to 1992, where he was chairman of the Appropriations Committee, vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee and served as an assistant floor leader for Gov. Joe Frank Harris. During his tenure, he was the original author of major legislation enacted to reform the state budget process, sovereign immunity, the ethical standards of public officials and rural telecommunications.

His public service also includes four years in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Office (two years in Turkey) and serving as trade counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (1973). Johnson is a member of the bar associations of the District of Columbia, Georgia and Illinois. From 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors.

He earned his bachelor's and law degrees from UGA, where he served as articles editor for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and obtained a certificate in private and public international law from The Hague Academy of International Law in The Netherlands.


11. Descriptive biographies, including academic credentials and experience, of each faculty member responsible for teaching a course or any portion of a course:

Université Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium)

Antoine Bailleux practices law in Brussels at Van Bael & Bellis, an international law firm, and teaches law at the Université St.-Louis. He received LL.M. degrees from both the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and Cambridge University (U.K.) as well as a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the Université Saint-Louis.  His professional and academic focus is on European law.

Delphine Misonne is a guest professor at the Université Saint-Louis and a guest lecturer at the Free University in Brussels and Scientific Research Worker at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research in the field of European Environmental Laws and Policies. She received her law degree (“Licence en Droit”) from, the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium, and has since then specialized in environmental law and policies issues, earning an LL.M. at King’s College London in International and European Law and subsequently a Ph.D. at the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels, with a dissertation on the Lisbon Treaty’s requirement of a high level of protection of the environment. Professor Misonne has published frequently in the area of EU environmental policy and her current research, funded by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research, focuses on the new challenges faced by EU environmental laws in the context of globalization and various crises which might impact their scope or threaten human rights.


12. Name, address, telephone, e-mail and fax number of an informed contact person at (each of) the sponsoring law school(s):

Dr. Laura Tate Kagel

Assistant Director

Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy

232 Dean Rusk Hall

University of Georgia School of Law

Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 706-542-5141

Fax: 706-542-7822

lkagel@uga.edu

 

Dr. Laura Kagel, the program’s administrator, will provide her contact information with in-country mobile telephone number, as well as that of the director, C. Donald Johnson, to all participants and will be available to them throughout the program.


13. Complete statement of all tuition, fees, anticipated living costs, and other expected expenses:

University of Georgia tuition rates for summer programs are set in April.

Tuition and Fees:

$2,250

Program Fee:

$1,400

Application Fee:

$   300 

Visiting student fee*: 

$   250

 

*Visiting Students pay an additional $250.00. This fee is waived for Georgia residents, students in the University of Georgia system or member institutions of the SEC. This fee is charged in lieu of higher out-of-state tuition rates, since "visiting" students participating in UGA study abroad programs are charged in-state tuition rates rather than out-of-state rates.

Estimated Total - $3,950 (visiting students: $4,200) Includes class instruction, educational materials, opening reception and farewell dinner, travel insurance, and all organized legal and cultural visits; does not include passport and visa fees, airfare, housing, laundry, most meals.

 

Estimated Total Program Cost 2014 (subject to change)

Tuition & Fees  (see above for details)  $3,950 (Visiting students: $4,200)

Hotel lodging (based on double occupancy, incl. tax)

[university housing will cost less]

 $1,500

Roundtrip airfare  $1,800
Meals  $1,050
Travel from Brussels to Geneva     $120
Total  $8,420 (Visiting students: $8,670)
 

14. Description and location of classrooms and administrative offices:

All classes will take place in modern air-conditioned classrooms with WiFi access on the campus of the Université St.-Louis in Brussels and the campus of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.


15. The extent to which the country, city, and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities:

Public access accommodation in Belgium and Switzerland is not equivalent to standards in the U.S. Persons with disabilities should discuss any concerns with the Dean Rusk Center assistant director, Dr. Laura Tate Kagel. Travelers with disabilities should review the U.S. Department of State’s website at www.travel.state.gov for links to the Country Specific Information for Belgium and Switzerland, and at www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_4971.html for additional information and resources.


16. Circumstances under which the program is subject to cancellation, how cancellation will be

communicated to the student; what arrangements will be made in the event of cancellation, and

information about any prior cancellations, if any:

The University of Georgia School of Law reserves the right to cancel for insufficient enrollment (under 12 for credit participants) or under extraordinary circumstances such as natural disaster, war, political instability or emergency.  In such an event, students will be notified by email and receive a full refund, including the deposit, within twenty (20) days after the cancellation. If requested, the program director will use best efforts to arrange for applicants to enroll in a similar program.

If changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program occur, or if, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for either of the countries in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly personally or by email and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. Applicants who have paid a deposit or registered for the program and withdrawn under any such circumstances will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.


17. State Department Travel Information:

US Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov

Travel Warning and Alerts website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

Belgium and Switzerland-Specific Information websites:
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/belgium.html

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/switzerland-and-liechtenstein.html


18. Refund policy in the event of student withdrawal as permitted in Section VII, or program

cancellation or termination:

If changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program occur, or if, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for either of the countries in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly personally or by email and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. Applicants who have paid a deposit or registered for the program and withdrawn under any such circumstances will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.


19. Description of the housing made available by the program (See criterion VI.F.):

Students will have access to excellent, convenient housing at competitive rates (prices based on current rate of exchange). The Dean Rusk Center will make reservations in cooperation with participants. Full payment of housing costs is the responsibility of each participant.

Brussels  

  • University Housing: approx. $25/day (double occupancy) or $30/day (single occupancy) available for the period July 1-12. This low-cost option is available on a first come first served basis. All rooms are furnished and have shared bathrooms and kitchens. There may be additional fees for bedding and cleaning, as well as a refundable deposit. This housing is located about 10 mins. by foot from the university where classes will take place and is close to public transportation. We can arrange hotel housing for the days prior to July 1, or students may opt to stay at one of several inexpensive hostels in the area.
  • Hotel Apartments: approx. $60.00/day per person for a standard room with double occupancy at the B-Aparthotel. Reservations run from June 28 - July 12.This conveniently located hotel has comfortable apartment-style accommodations which include a bedroom with separate bathroom, separate sitting area with flat screen TV and a kitchen area. Extra beds are available for double occupancy. 

Geneva 

  • Hotel Rooms: approx. $115/day per person for double occupancy in a standard double hotel room. This recommended hotel has comfortable, modern rooms with private bathrooms, and TV.  Buffet style breakfast is included. Single rooms available at additional cost.

Meals: Average food costs are approx. $30-50/day.