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Tulane Law School

Cambridge, England:

July 2 – July 15, 2017



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Refugees, Migration, and the Legal Future

Session: July 2 – July 15, 2017

The Syrian civil war forces a wave of millions of refugees into Europe. Lack of control over immigration in the UK produces a fateful “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union. In the US, an estimated eleven million undocumented immigrants drives the 2016 presidential campaign. All over the world governments, diplomats, human rights lawyers and legal systems confront an unprecedented wave of refugees and migration of peoples. The Tulane Law School summer program at Cambridge University is the first to take on these cutting-edge legal and constitutional issues.

The site of the program is Trinity College, Cambridge University. Repeatedly ranked among the top universities in the world, Cambridge University is composed of individual colleges, each with their own unique architecture and personality. The unique Tulane Program on Refugees, Migration and the Legal Future is housed at Trinity College, the largest college in Cambridge and by itself one of the most prestigious and wealthy colleges in the United Kingdom.

The Tulane Program will run from Sunday, July 2 through Saturday, July 15, 2017, with four courses, all centered on the pressing international and domestic legal ramifications of the extraordinary surge in refugees, the issues posed by the unprecedented migration of millions of people worldwide, whether refugees or not, and the highly consequential political and constitutional fallout, including the move toward “Brexit,” or exit from the European Union, in the United Kingdom.

This is the only program available on this critically important and cutting-edge topic offered by any U.S. law school.

The curriculum provides opportunities to learn from and interact with Cambridge and U.S. faculty with transnational interests, experiences, and contacts. Each course reflects the expertise of the individual faculty members and students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with them, both in and out of class.

An earlier Tulane program at Trinity devoted to EU and comparative law was described by students as “a great program, balanced between school and immersion into English lifestyle.” And even as the “best part of law school to date.”

Cambridge is a medium-size university town located approximately 70 miles north of London. The ambiance provided by the striking university buildings located in a park-like setting along the River Cam is one of a kind and never forgotten once experienced. Many pleasant afternoons can be passed exploring the colleges with their beautiful gardens, attending the unique evensong at King's College Chapel, visiting the quaint shops and pubs of the town and surrounding villages, as well as “punting” or boating on the river. A wide variety of museums and stately homes are within easy reach by rail and bus. London is close by and easy to get to by train (50 minutes) from the Cambridge rail station for day trips.

King Henry VIII founded Trinity College in 1546 (his portrait hangs in the splendid dining hall). Famous graduates and faculty of Trinity College include once and future kings, Sir Isaac Newton and many eminent scientists, political figures, and philosophers such as Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Students both reside and attend class inside Trinity College, so everything is very convenient. The student rooms are in the modernized Blue Boar Court and were highly regarded by students in the 2012 summer program (rooms are single-occupancy only). The Tulane Program’s office is located in Whewell’s Court, just outside Blue Boar Court and across the street from the main entrance to Trinity College. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility or handicapped access to any of the dormitory rooms or classrooms, nor to most parts of Trinity College and Cambridge. While the rooms at Trinity are well ventilated and the weather is usually cool at night, there is no air conditioning.


The Tulane Program starts with a brief meeting of all students in the afternoon of Sunday, July 2, 2017, followed by a reception in Trinity College hosted by Dr. Barnard. Courses in the Cambridge Program begin Monday, July 3, 2017. All courses meet in Trinity College, Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 2:10 pm. Law students may choose any 3 of the courses for a total of 3 ABA credits for the session. The Program concludes Saturday, July 15, 2017 with final exams. Final exams will extend into the afternoon and thus take up most of the day. Students should not plan to depart earlier than the evening of July 15 as exams cannot be rescheduled.


Stephen M. Griffin W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law

For more information about the Cambridge Summer Program, contact Professor Griffin at or contact Ingrid S. Caro-Cobb at or 504-865-5990.



Presentation by Professor Griffin



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