From the 2007 News Archive
School of Law Establishes New Exchange Program with South Africa's University of Cape Town
Building on its rich and vibrant history of providing students and faculty with opportunities to live, learn and work in South Africa, the University of Maryland School of Law has established a new exchange program with the faculty of law of the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Each spring, at least two Maryland students will spend a semester at UCT, with two or more UCT students coming to Maryland in the fall. In addition, the program will facilitate teaching and research visits by faculty members as well as symposia, seminars, and other collaborative projects between the two institutions.
"Our law school has a deep and abiding scholarly engagement with South Africa that predates the dark days of apartheid," said Dean Karen Rothenberg, who traveled to UCT in March to formalize the exchange program and deliver an academic presentation, "The Intersection of Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS.""The School of Law’s commitment to justice and equality reaches around the world. This exchange program will benefit both schools, and help those of us in the United States to learn from South Africa’s constitutional transformation."
Maryland Law currently offers several courses entirely or significantly dedicated to South African law. Additionally, the School of Law’s long-standing South African Externship Program allows students who have completed the course "South Africa: Race and the Law" to spend a semester working in South Africa with local public interest law organizations.
"After working for a domestic violence center in Baltimore, it’s fascinating to see similar challenges facing women in South Africa and impressive to see how women attorneys are fighting for women’s rights," said Jessica George ’08, who worked at a Cape Town public interest law firm on constitutional litigation relating to women’s rights during her South Africa externship.
As a complement to a rich curriculum of international and comparative law courses and a distinguished faculty in the field, the University of Maryland School of Law is committed to providing its students with extensive opportunities for international study and externships. In addition to the new UCT Exchange Program, the School of Law has a summer study program in Aberdeen, Scotland, as well as exchange programs with the law school of the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Chile. Maryland students also can take advantage of externship programs with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica; and a number of Law Reform Commissions around the world, including most recently in England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Australia. More information on the Cape Town Externship