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International trainings

For nearly two decades, the Dean Rusk International Law Center has organized trainings for foreign judges and other legal practitioners. These trainings take place not only at our campus in Athens, Georgia, and courthouses in nearby metropolitan Atlanta, but also in trainees’ home countries. Topics include judicial practice and administration, the use of technology in legal practice, and other cutting-edges issues.

Our next-planned training, scheduled for November 26-December 10, 2016, is detailed below.

International Judicial Training
Since 1998, more than a thousand judges, prosecutors, and court personnel from diverse countries have benefited from the International Judicial Training. Its aim is to increase efficiency and accountability in the administration of justice, and thus to foster democratic institutions, sustainable economic development, and social justice. Participants visit several courts and interact with judges, lawyers, and scholars. They return to their countries with specialized knowledge and a valuable comparative perspective regarding the U.S. court system, judicial administration, and legal education. 

View the International Judicial Training Brochure (printable PDF).

International Judicial Training partners are:

  • The Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law. Named for the Georgia Law professor who was the second-longest-serving U.S. Secretary of State, the Dean Rusk International Law Center has served since 1977 as the international law and policy nucleus for education, scholarship, and other collaborations among faculty and students, the law school community, and diverse local and global partners.
  • The Institute for Continuing Judicial Education, a resource consortium comprising Georgia’s Judicial Branch, the State Bar of Georgia, and Georgia’s American Bar Association-accredited law schools.


Many trainings take place at locations in Athens and metropolitan Atlanta in the State of Georgia, in the southeastern United States, a region with a diverse population and a global economic base. The state hosts 32 Fortune 1000 headquarters and is ranked fifth among all countries and U.S. states as a production location for feature films.

Athens, a quintessential American university city, features unique shops, award-winning restaurants, and live music venues. It is home to the University of Georgia, a flagship research institution founded in 1785, which educates more than 35,000 students each year. The International Judicial Training initiative is based at Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center, on the university’s beautiful North Campus.

Atlanta, Georgia’s capital, is home to more than 5.5 million people and the world’s busiest airport. A global economic hub, Atlanta hosts many multinational businesses, including 13 Fortune 500 companies, as well as 79 full and honorary consulates and trade offices, 38 binational chambers of commerce, and a new international arbitration center.

International Judicial Training instructors include practicing judges and lawyers, as well as members of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty, ranked 23rd for international law by the U.S. News & World Report. Among Georgia Law’s distinguished academics are five former law clerks to Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, advisers to Congress and to the International Criminal Court, and many professors who have earned awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Courthouse Visits
Integral to trainings are visits to a variety of courts in Georgia, including general trial and appellate courts and specialized forums such as drug courts and mental health courts. Participating judges have the opportunity to view court proceedings and engage in discussions with their U.S. counterparts.

Trainings are tailored to meet trainees’ continuing education and development needs. Courses offered in previous trainings include:

  • Court Systems in the United States
  • American Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Civil Law Practice in the United States and Access to Courts
  • Applications of International Law in Courts of the United States
  • Professionalism & Ethics for Judges
  • Judicial Administration
  • Decision-Making at the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Dispute Resolution in Cross-Border Class Actions and Other Complex Litigation
  • Operation of a Unified Trial Courts Justice Administration Center

Training sessions take place in English. Some simultaneous interpretation services are available.

Next Training Dates

November 26: Suggested arrival in Athens, Georgia (ground transit from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is available for approximately $80 roundtrip, including tip, via Groome Transportation)

November 26-December 9: International Judicial Training, including professional development trips to Atlanta and other sites in Georgia

December 10: Depart via Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

The fee for this two-week training will be $2,500 (double occupancy); $3,020 (single occupancy). It includes hotel accommodations, course materials, transportation to training sites and professional development trips, and some group meals.The fee does not cover travel to and from Georgia, visa and passport costs, most meals, airport ground transportation, or additional associated costs.

On submitting a completed online registration form, you will be contacted regarding secure online payment.

For information about this or other training opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Laura Kagel
Dean Rusk International Law Center
University of Georgia School of Law
225 Herty Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602 USA
+ 1 (706) 542-5141