Professor Deborah Eisenberg, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, is teaching conflict resolution this July at the the University of Aberdeen in Scotland as part of the annual Comparative Law Summer Abroad Program, co-sponsored by Maryland Carey Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB Law). The 28 students in the program, who are examining law and conflict resolution through an international lens, come from the sponsoring law schools as well as Pittsburgh Law, Washington University in St. Louis, Western New England Law and the University of Aberdeen.
Annually, the program features two courses, co-taught by faculty from the United States and Scotland. This year, Professor Eisenberg and Aberdeen faculty Derek Auchie are teaching Comparative Conflict Resolution, in which students learn about the range of processes—especially mediation and arbitration—used to resolve legal disputes in the United States, Scotland, England and Wales. Professor Christopher Peters from UB Law is teaching Comparative Constitutionalism, along with Aberdeen faculty Robert Taylor and Mike Radford.
The study-abroad program allows students to learn both academically and culturally. The program coordinates visits to historical sites and opportunities to connect with Scottish legal practice. This year the students will visit a castle, interact with an Aberdeen Sheriff (the equivalent of a trial judge in the U.S.), observe superior and criminal court proceedings in Edinburgh, and tour Scottish Parliament. Many students take advantage of opportunities to explore Scotland and other places throughout Europe on their own.
“I greatly admire the camaraderie of the students,” says rising second-year Gina Ravenell, a Maryland Carey Law student who is participating in the program. “The material sheds a whole new light on the formation and utilization of the respective constitutions. And I would also like to pursue mediation and arbitration further in my law studies.”
The University of Aberdeen has a rich heritage dating from the founding of King’s College in 1495. Aberdeen’s law school is ranked among the top in Scotland and the United Kingdom. The Baltimore-Aberdeen Summer Abroad Program is approved for law school credits by the American Bar Association. The subject matter of the courses varies each year. The program is open to law students who have completed their first year courses and remain in good academic standing.