November 02, 2015
Dean David Meyer, here speaking at the 30th anniversary of Tulane’s world-leading Maritime Law Center, recently discussed the law school’s integrated approach to legal education at an international conference of deans in China.
Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer joined a select group of law school deans from around the world at an international conference in China exploring the challenges of preparing the next generation of lawyers.
“Global Legal Education at a Crossroads,” sponsored by Tsinghua University Law School and the China Law Society Oct. 9-11 in Beijing, brought together 10 deans from schools including Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada; the National University of Singapore; the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the University of Zurich in Switzerland; and Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Meyer discussed Tulane's integrated system of preparing lawyers for global practice.
With a curriculum that includes instruction in both the code-based civil law tradition and the common law derived from judicial decisions, Tulane embraces an approach that folds an international perspective into the study of areas as diverse as family law, corporate law and maritime law. The law school also has added innovations to develop students' practical lawyering skills; help them understand legal issues in a transnational and cultural context; and integrate law with other disciplines such as business and engineering.
"Law practice is becoming increasingly complex and puts an increasing premium on the ability of lawyers to understand legal issues in a global context," said Meyer, who specializes in U.S. constitutional and family law. "It is not enough to know one's own legal system and the officials and practices at the local courthouse. It is vital also to understand the way the same issue might be resolved very differently, by very different legal actors, in different countries."
A magnet for students from around the world, Tulane has been a leader in international law and comparative law and has continued to expand its collaboration with universities in Central America, Europe and Asia.
The law school has dual-degree partnerships with several leading Chinese universities. And in the spring of 2015, Tulane also hosted a delegation of senior judges from across China as part of a judicial education program founded by new Tulane Law Professor Guiguo Wang when he served as law dean of City University of Hong Kong.
Tulane Law’s intensive summer program in alternative dispute resolution, in partnership with Berlin’s Humboldt University, brings together students from more than 25 countries to study how negotiation works across borders as well as cultures.
And through an alliance with Baku State University, Tulane Law faculty provide short courses in energy, environmental and maritime law in Azerbaijan, and Baku State faculty undertake LLM studies at Tulane.