Legal studies, Public policy

In cooperation with the Global Public Service Law Project at New York University School of Law.

This course is generously supported by a grant from INTAS for participants from NIS countries. More information about eligibility for INTAS funding.

Course date

17 July - 28 July, 2006
Application deadline:
15 February, 2006
Course Director(s): 

Holly Maguigan

New York University, Global Public Service Law Project, New York, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Sarine Der Kaloustian

New York University, Global Public Service Law Project, School of Law, New York, United States of America

Diana Hortsch

Diana Hortsch Consulting, New York, United States of America

Arnold de Vera

Alternative Legal Assistance Center, Inc. (SALIGAN), Cainta Rizal, Philippines

Pavol Zilincik

Center for Environmental Public Advocacy (CEPA), Poniky, Slovakia
This is a two-week advanced course for public service lawyers from developing and transitional countries to examine the emerging global phenomenon of public service lawyering and the forms it has taken in Central and Eastern Europe.
This course will examine the effectiveness of impact litigation versus other approaches to social change; the appropriateness of public interest law for non-Western societies; the effectiveness of international legal and political norms in domestic law; and the role of lawyers and legal institutions in addressing these issues. Classes will also focus on topics such as the development of civil society and the ethical challenges faced by public interest lawyers.
The curriculum aims to ensure that lawyers learn from each other, trade practical lawyering strategies, and reflect critically at the underlying assumptions and ideologies behind their work. The core of the course consists of lawyering dilemmas written by and based on the students' own experiences. Lawyering dilemmas are prepared and presented by a team of two (teacher and student). Each lawyering dilemma is analyzed by the class via an interactive discussion, which focuses on key lawyering and strategy questions raised by the case. Field visits, hypotheticals and advanced readings will also be part of this open, interactive learning process. The readings outside of the lawyering dilemmas will address multiple foreign legal systems, both from Central and Eastern Europe and from outside the region.
Course specific requirement: applicants should be lawyers with at least two years of work experience in a public service law setting - government, non-governmental organizations, academia (including advanced doctoral students).