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A tentative course schedule is included below. Evaluation will be in the form of a three-hour written examination on the day following the end of the class schedule, in addition to some smaller group and individual exercises over the course of the program. Class attendance and participation is also essential. Given the intense nature of the learning, students will be given an idea of the question or questions in advance of the examination in order to assure that they will have sufficient time to reflect and prepare. Grading will be done according to Tulane’s mandatory curve. All lectures will be IN ENGLISH or accompanied by English translation. Consistent with American Bar Association accreditation standards for foreign programs, where there is translation, extra class time will be added since translation time may not count as class time.

This course will count towards the Environmental Law Certificate and towards the Comparative and International Law Certificate.

There is wheelchair access at all course sites.

Sustainable Development Law & Policy: Comparative Perspectives (5 credits)

Because of the World Cup and the need to conclude by June 9, this year’s program consists of a single, five-credit course.

The first ten days consists of an intensive, stay in the city of Nova Friburgo, located in Rio de Janeiro state approximately two hours from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport. During this week, students will both hear from and visit with different stakeholders competing for the resources of the extensive Três Picos State Park, which abuts the city, and go on field trips related to their lectures and conversations. The speakers will be lawyers, government officials, engineers, biologists, farmers and environmental activists, among others. In this way, students will have a better grasp of the magnitude of the challenges facing park administrators and local governments as they work responsibly to manage natural resources taking into account the environmental, social, economic and political consequences of their decisions and activities. While in Nova Friburgo, students will begin skills-based exercises and negotiations defending different stakeholder groups.

The second portion of the course, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, will further enhance skills-based training begun in Nova Friburgo. However, this portion of the program will complement the rainforest portion but focus more deeply on the resolution of environmental and social conflicts in an urban context. Like most of Latin America, Brazil is a heavily urbanized nation, but also one rich in natural resources. The resulting pressures and tensions are enormous. The second portion will, therefore, through the use of case studies and daylong field visits, permit students to grapple with the role of law and policy in resolving conflicts that raise a variety of questions, from industrial development policies, to struggles over race and class and gender equality – and all against the backdrop of questions involving sound management of the built and physical environment. As with the first portion of the program, these weeks will also draw heavily upon local expertise and knowledge – students will learn about these issues from some of Rio de Janeiro’s leading professionals and experts.

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Sustainable Development Law & Policy: Comparative Perspectives

Principal Faculty Responsible: Colin Crawford & Becky Jacobs

Students arrive Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro and immediately go by bus from Tom Jobim International Airport to Nova Friburgo, arriving by 5pm

NOTE: This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The topics will be the same, but the particular days, times, speakers and events may be altered. 



A.M. Lecture 


P.M. Lecture 

Wed. May 14 

Introduction to Três Picos State Park

Adriano Luz, biologist and former director of Três Picos State Park

Visit to park cites near city to help orient students


Mon. May 15 

Conservation policy: Brazilian “conservation units” policy and law

Sérgio Poyares, at Macacu Waterfall Station

Hike to Jequitibá, in Três Picos State Park

Evandro Satler

Fri. May 16  

NOTE: Bus will depart this day at 6am and return late afternoon 

Water management

Carlos Henrique, on conservation units and water at APA Macaé de Cima

Visit to Lumiar and São Pedro to see projects in progress

Mauro Prioste

Sat. May 17 

Lecture: Conflict management in environmental disputes (CM/ED)


Distribute and discuss case study simulation on CM/ED


Sun. May 18 

No Class

Mon. May 19 

Community involvement in resource protection: Small-scale agriculture and bio-harvesting for medicinal plants


Rafting to meeting of the rivers (rafting optional but all class will travel to site)


Tues. May 20 

Group meeting on case study simulation on CD/ED

Case study simulation


Wed. May 21 

No class: optional forest canopy and hiking trips

Thu. May 22 

Agricultural and land use pressures


Hike to the base of Três Picos to see and discuss these pressures


Fri. May 23 

Urbanization pressures


Boat trip to visit the Guapimirim mangroves

Travel to Rio de Janeiro

Sat. May 24 

No Class: in Rio de Janeiro

Sun. May 25 

No Class

Mon. May 26 

Lecture : Demographic and environmental profile of Rio de Janeiro : Dr. José Antonio Nascimento/IBGE

Structured discussion of Nascimento lecture (using CM/ED framework)

Field trip – Corcovado


Tues. May 27 

Human rights protections in the Urban Environment: Dr. Mario Clara Dias (IFCS/UFRJ)

Film: Notes from a Private War

Structured discussion: Resolution of social inequalities and human rights issues: Dra. Dias, Professors Crawford and Jacobs


Wed. May 28 

Lecture: Urbanization and Environmental Protection in Rio (Prof. Crawford)

Lecture: Tilting in Cantagalo: Souza, Cecson lawyers

Field trip – Cantagalo


Thu. May 29 

Lecture: Law and Urban Change: Dr. Edésio Fernandes

Structured discussion of Dr. Nascimento lecture about legal issues raised Prof. Crawford and Fernandes; Prof. Crawford; Prof. Jacobs


Fri. May 30 

No class: Optional trips to Búzios and Paraty

Sat. May 31 

No class

Sun. June 1 

No class

Mon. June 2 

Lecture & Field Trip on Environment & Development: Boat Trip in Guanabara Bay: Dr. Antonio Echeverria (return ~3pm)

Tues. June 3 

Roundtable discussion: Social Equality, Gender and Race in Urban Brazil: Ianê Germano, leader of Movimento Negro; Dr. Leila Lenhares Barsted, Executive Director, CEPIA (in translation); Lurdinha, activist with the Movimento pela Moradia; Dr. Alexandre Mendes, UERJ School of Law

Visit to activity of the Movimento pela Moradia

7pm movie night in Sta. Teresa with Dra. Débora Diniz, social justice filmmaker and medical anthropologist

Wed. June 4 

Lecture: Socio-environmental concerns in Rio: Dra. Celso Sánchez y Dra. Inny Anciola, UFRJ Biology

Field visit: Horto community

Structured discussion and reflection on legal & policy implications of field visits


Thu. June 5 

Case Study Exercise/Simulation

Structured discussion & reflection


Fri. June 6 

Study time

Final Examination

Sat. June 7 

No class

Sun. June 8 

Students depart Rio de Janeiro

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