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Cambridge Program

Tulane Law has decided to postpone the Rhodes, Cambridge, and Paris Programs for Summer 2021. We plan to resume these programs next year and will begin accepting applications again this fall. We look forward to welcoming students in Summer 2022.

Hosted at the highly ranked University of Cambridge, Tulane Law's Cambridge Program directly addresses the cutting-edge legal issues surrounding refugees and migration.

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 directly addresses the cutting-edge legal issues, both domestic and international, created by these migrations.

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.

Program Host Institution
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 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.

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, authors, 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 Burrell’s Field, which was designed for undergraduates (rooms are single-occupancy only). The Tulane Program’s office and classroom is also located in Burrell’s Field, steps away from the student rooms.

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Courses and Materials

Students can enroll in up to three courses in the Cambridge Program. There are four courses to choose from, all centered on the pressing international and domestic legal ramifications of the extraordinary movement of refugees into Europe, the issues posed by the unprecedented migration of millions of people worldwide, and the highly consequential political and constitutional fallout, including the move towards "Brexit", or exit from the European Union, in the United Kingdom.

Course Descriptions
Brexit and the Migration Problem in the United Kingdom and European Union
Dr. Barnard- Cambridge University
(1 credit)

On 23 June 2016 52% of the UK population voted for the UK to leave the European Union. Levels of migration to the UK was given as one of the principal reasons which motivated this vote. What were the concerns about migration and were they real? What will happen to the EU nationals living in the UK? What about EU nationals who would like to come to the UK in the future? What is the optimum level of migration and how can this be properly managed? This course will examine these and other questions relating to migration. The course will draw from Professor Barnard's current research on these issues.

Immigration and Migration Law from a Comparative Perspective
Professor Griffin- Tulane University Law School
(1 credit)

This course will examine immigration and migration issues from a comparative legal and constitutional perspective, concentrating on the U.S., the Americas, The United Kingdom, and Europe. We will first study the basics of U.S. immigration law as they relate to these pressing global problems. With respect to the UK and EU, we will examine their constitutional structure and how it relates to the policy problems posed by immigration and refugees.

International Migration and Human Rights: Law, Policy, and Practice
Professor Griffin- Tulane University Law School
(1 credit)

This course will consider the problem of refugees and migration from the perspective afforded by public international law and human rights treaties.

Comparative Asylum and Refugee Law
Professor Harris- UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
(1 credit)

This course will examine each component of the definition of a "refugee" in the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, with focus on how the asylum and refugee law in the United States has developed, as well as how the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other countries have defined a “refugee.” We will focus on some of the most legally complicated and controversial aspects of the definition, such as the meaning of "membership in a particular social group," which is one of the five grounds for asylum. For example, we will examine how claims relating to gender-based violence have been brought under the "particular social group" ground. We will also examine the legal processes involved in claiming asylum in the United States, as well as the process of refugee status determinations by UNHCR, focusing specifically on concerns around due process and access to counsel. The course will also address the practical challenges involved in winning asylum cases, including the impact of trauma on memory, credibility assessments, fact-gathering, and the role of expert evidence. Finally, the course will provide an analysis of policies around the detention of asylum-seekers, including the detention of children, and consider various alternatives to detention.

Course Schedule
All courses meet in Trinity College, Monday through Friday, at the following times:

  • 9:00 - 10:10 am: Immigration and Migration Law from a Comparative Perspective
  • 10:20-11:30 am: Brexit and the Migration Problem in the United Kingdom and EU
  • 11:40-12:50 pm: International Migration and Human Rights: Law, Policy, and Practice
  • 1:00-2:10 pm: Asylum and Refugee Law

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

The Program concludes on the last Saturday with final exams. Final exams will extend into the afternoon and thus take up most of the day.

Course Materials
Printed course materials will be available upon arrival in Cambridge. Materials are included in your tuition and fees.


The Cambridge Program accepts up to twenty-five students on a first-come basis. Please apply early to ensure your place.


Trinity College offers attractive single occupancy rooms in Burrell’s Field. Students can start utilize their rooms starting on the first Sunday of the program until the Sunday following exams.

  • The room fee is $1,500
  • The rooms are single occupancy only (no exceptions)
  • While the rooms at Trinity are well ventilated and the weather is usually cool at night, there is no air conditioning
  • You will be charged for your room through Tulane’s Accounts Receivable billing system
  • Trinity College will charge students who do not reside in the college an additional fee of $300 to cover the classroom, computer, library, and other services they will be providing. For those who reside at Trinity College, this fee is part of the $1,500 room fee.
  • Students are encouraged to use the housing at Trinity College. Students making other housing arrangements should be aware that alternative housing should be within walking distance of Trinity College due to severe transportation and parking challenges in Cambridge.

To connect with other students in your program, please join the program's Facebook group 2020 Tulane Law Summer in Cambridge!


In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are social and educational activities organized by Tulane.

In the past years, excursions have included:

  • Tours of Trinity College
  • Pub night
  • Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court in London
  • Punting on the River Cam
  • Tea at The Orchard Tea Garden

A calendar of all activities will be given to you when you arrive in Cambridge. Program excursions will not take place on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, leaving the weekends free for students to explore the surrounding area. Please note that the final exam is the last Saturday of the program.

Arrival and Departure

Students should plan to arrive by mid-day on Sunday, July 11 and depart no earlier than the evening of Saturday, July 24. Students should not depart earlier than Saturday evening as exams cannot be rescheduled. Students will be allowed to stay in the dorms through Saturday, checking out Sunday following their exam. The Cambridge Program starts with a brief meeting on Sunday, July 11, followed by a reception at Trinity College hosted by Dr. Barnard.

Students are responsible for all travel arrangements. We recommend researching ticket prices early from a few travel search engines to find the most competitive prices.

Bringing Family
Family members and friends are cordially invited to participate in all activities except the academic course.

U.S. citizens do not require a visa due to the short time period you will be abroad. International students should check with the appropriate embassy or consulate to ascertain whether a visa is necessary.

The Cambridge Program is conducted entirely in English. Fluency in English is a prerequisite for all students.

Student Reviews
  • Wholeheartedly. This program is incredible on many levels - the location and atmosphere of Cambridge is priceless, the topics are interesting and relevant, every professor was well-informed and engaging, the program well-run, and on and on.
  • I am humbled to have done this program: my short stay has offered a slice of English life and perspective on the EU, the US, and the world. The experience has inspired a lifelong passion for return trips to the British Isles -- and to Cambridge in particular -- as another place I called, for a short period, "home," and to continue learning and absorbing legality, history, culture, and the landscape of migrations.


  • The courses connected well to one another and furthered my understanding of the economics, laws and politics surrounding immigration.
  • I learned a lot about treaties regarding immigration and how to apply them to life situations.
  • I know much more about Brexit, immigration and refugee law then I did before, and am now considering a career in these fields, or at least interning/volunteering with a relevant organization.
  • I gained a much deeper knowledge of immigration law, especially human rights law in the international public law sphere.
  • I came into the program knowing I wanted to do immigration law, but knowing very little about it. I now understand a lot of the acronyms that the immigration lawyers at my Immigration Initiative use as well as having a clearer idea of the state of immigration not just in the U.S., but globally. I thought the comparative context was especially helpful as I can return to the U.S. with a better understanding of how other countries have handled or are handling these issues.


  • Cambridge is a deceptively massive city: with hundreds of eateries, a three-story mall, and a pulse of its own.
  • I love the access of the program: being based at Trinity College offers a central location and scenic post to discover downtown Cambridge.
  • The true access to Trinity College was absolutely fantastic -- that is a perk of the program that really must be highlighted, because it is so unique and so wonderful. I also really enjoyed the programs we had, particularly the wonderful tour of the Wren Library.
  • I really enjoyed the town of Cambridge-- it's a beautiful, historic place with wonderful places to eat.


  • Cambridge is a foodie city and sourdough bread its defining specialty: Franco Manca's pizzas, Bread & Meat's porchetta sandwiches, Fitzbillie's chelsea buns, Pint Shop's scotch eggs, and many of the stalls at the Cambridge Market offer hidden delights (such as Northern Chinese jian bing and Bangkok-style pad prik khing). Cambridge also boasts more sushi offerings than expected: every street corner seemingly purveys raw fish on vinegared rice.
  • Tabanco, Fitzbillies, La Margherita
  • Ebes a Turkish restaurant
  • The Mill, The Pint Shop, Heffer's
  • Sainsbury's and M&S are great, cheap grocery stores.
  • La Raza, Cafe Rouge
  • M&S or Sainsbury to load up on take-away lunch food.
  • Bread & Meat is an excellent sandwich spot. I would also recommend Bould Brothers Coffee for some excellent coffee (a short walk from Trinity Great Gate). I enjoyed The Architect for a sit-down beer. I would also recommend going to Market Hill for lunch (a bunch of different food stands with lots of options, and it's cheaper than restaurants).