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June 21, 2012

Law Schools Global League

by dan rodriguez

I am in the Netherlands meeting with various deans and law profs at Tilburg University Law School.  The occasion is an historic one.  Twenty-one law schools from around the world are joining together in an alliance to help promote various global initiatives, initiatives ranging from student and faculty exchanges to collaborative teaching and research, to potential certificate/degree programs.  These initiatives may be bilateral and multilateral and they will not be exclusive in the sense that other fruitful relationships with non-member institutions are not hindered by this alliance.  What this League does promise is a constructive medium for exploring projects that are of significant value to our law students practicing in an increasingly global legal environment.

The League partners span the world; they include high-quality law schools from all over Europe, South America, Asia (China and India), and North America.  The only two American law school members are Northwestern and NYU.

After a fruitful, candid discussion about dimensions of this alliance, we signed the “constitution” of this new venture.  Associate Dean Jim Speta and I were proud to have NU Law represented in this promising group of globally-focused law schools.  This alliance, along with several other internationally oriented projects in the works, reflect Northwestern’s expanding global footprint.  We are (obviously) a world-class law school.  And we are certainly a law school of the world!

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