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CUA Law Launches International Human Rights Summer Law Program


The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law is offering for the first time a summer legal program in Rome, Italy, that focuses on human rights law. The program will be offered May 22 through June 11, 2011.
Approved by the ABA, the Catholic University International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome allows participants to earn three or four credits over a three-week period, while living and studying at Catholic University’s Rome campus in Rome’s Prati neighborhood, a 15-minute walk to the Vatican.

            The program will be headquartered in the building at left; at right is one of its classrooms. 

 The program will offer four courses: International Human Rights Law, taught by Professor Karla Simon; International Humanitarian Law: Peacekeeping, taught by Professor Michael Noone; Economic Development and Human Rights, taught by Professor George Garvey, associate dean for academic affairs (the course is being team taught by Dr. Flavio Felice of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome); and International Environmental Law and Human Rights, taught by Professor Lucia Silecchia.
“We hope that this inaugural year of the program will attract a talented, enthusiastic group of committed law students who will join my faculty colleagues and me for a rewarding, academically challenging program that will allow them to explore human rights law in an intense academic environment,” said Silecchia.
Over time, the program aims to serve as a springboard for increased collaboration with Roman academic institutions and to provide new internship opportunities for CUA Law students. The location is a natural one for the study of international human rights law.
               A library and state-of-the-art computer lab support the new study program in Rome.

Rome is home to the Holy See, a major international advocate for human rights and provider of humanitarian relief throughout the world. It is also the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization as well as other legal and humanitarian institutions of interest to those studying human rights. In addition, Rome’s historical, cultural, religious, and legal significance make it a perfect setting for a concentrated study of human rights law.
“The protection of human rights and human dignity is essential to our religious mission as the law school of The Catholic University of America. Thus, the opportunity to offer our students the opportunity to study this field in an intense, concentrated way is very attractive,” said Silecchia. “Our modern world does not lack threats to human rights and dignity, but it also does not lack enthusiastic, talented advocates who want to prepare themselves to defend human rights.”
Formal study will be supplemented with planned visits to local legal institutions and organizations as well as the opportunity to explore the city of Rome and enjoy some of Italy’s cultural and historic treasures.
At the conclusion of the course, students may extend their summer studies in Europe by applying to Catholic University’s Summer Program in Business and Trade at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, which begins immediately following the Rome program. The Cracow program is now in its 20th year.
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