Monday, January 12, 2009
On January 9, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Teaching International Law Interest Group (TILIG) held a breakfast meeting in San Diego to discuss international law curricular issues. According to Frank Gevurtz of Pacific McGeorge, only 20% of law students take international law electives during law school. Given the increasing globalization of our society, how do we increase the exposure of students to international law? Different schools are taking different approaches. Eight law schools now require that students take some form of international or transnational law course during law school. Julian Ku spoke about Hofstra's two-year old experiment with a required second semester first year international law course. Frank Gevurtz spoke about how Pacific McGeorge has worked to incorporate international law issues across the curriculum. Manuel Gomez stated that Florida International University takes both these approaches. Most of these experiments are only a few years old, so there is not a lot of consensus on which approach is best or what is being accomplished. The meeting participants agreed that there is a lot more information that could be shared and suggested a follow-up day-long conference or workshop on the issue. Watch this blog more more information on these issues in the future.
Also, be sure to sign up for the ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 25-28, 2009. The TILIG tentatively is planning to sponsor a program during that meeting on using simulations to teach international law.