Course Director(s): 

Philip Genty

Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA

Lusine Hovhannisian

Public Interest Law Institute, New York, USA

Daniela Ikawa

Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, United States of America

Edwin Rekosh

Public Interest Law Institute, Budapest, Hungary

This is a one-week course for junior and mid-career law faculty as well as senior students interested in pursuing an academic career and willing to learn more about the use of innovative methods of teaching. The goal of the course is to convey challenging material, technical know-how and motivation to a group of young academics, who will be expected to have an impact on reform of higher legal education through their own curricular innovations. The course is comprised of three components - human rights, legal ethics and teaching workshops.

With regard to human rights and legal ethics, participants will explore the "role of the lawyer" from the perspective of a traditional lawyer, a public interest lawyer, and a human rights lawyer working on the international level. As lawyers expand their practice to encompass public interest law and international human rights, their traditional role is changed with serious ethical and political implications. We will discuss these changes and their impact on the role of the lawyer, addressing issues such as the following:

• "Are lawyers' professional responsibilities detached from his ethical responsibilities as a person?"
• "Should lawyers contest an unjust political regime through litigation and advocacy?"
• "Does the lawyer-client relationship change when the client is a collectivity?"

The third component of the course is a workshop, designed to experiment with innovative ideas of teaching human rights and legal ethics. Participants will be assigned to groups in order to develop teaching plans. They will be expected to explain the methodological choices made regarding the context of the particular class (which semester the class is taught, which department at the university, and so forth). Participants will present an excerpt from the class to the whole group.

Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

Application deadline: February 16, 2009