For nearly two decades, the Dean Rusk International Law Center has organized trainings for foreign judges and other legal practitioners. Tailored to meet trainees’ continuing education and development needs, these trainings take place not only at our campus in Athens, Georgia, and courthouses in nearby metropolitan Atlanta, but also in trainees’ home countries. Topics include judicial practice and administration, the use of technology in legal practice, and other cutting-edges issues.
International Judicial Training
Since 1998, more than a thousand judges, prosecutors, and court personnel from diverse countries have benefited from the International Judicial Training. Its aim is to increase efficiency and accountability in the administration of justice, and thus to foster democratic institutions, sustainable economic development, and social justice. Participants visit several courts and interact with judges, lawyers, and scholars. They return to their countries with specialized knowledge and a valuable comparative perspective regarding the U.S. court system, judicial administration, and legal education.
International Judicial Training partners are:
■ The Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law. Named for the Georgia Law professor who was the second-longest-serving U.S. Secretary of State, the Dean Rusk International Law Center has served since 1977 as the international law and policy nucleus for education, scholarship, and other collaborations among faculty and students, the law school community, and diverse local and global partners.
■ CIFAL Atlanta. One of several worldwide International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders (“CIFAL” is the French acronym), CIFAL Atlanta is an arm of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. It focuses on capacity building for local governments and civil society leaders, emphasizing economic and infrastructure development, fair trade, and good governance. CIFAL targets emerging democracies and economies, and bases its efforts on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
■ The Institute for Continuing Judicial Education, Comprising Georgia’s Judicial Branch, the State Bar of Georgia, and Georgia’s American Bar Association-accredited law schools, this consortium bears primary responsibility for basic training and continuing education of elected officials, court support personnel, and volunteer agents of Georgia’s judicial branch.
Many trainings take place at locations in Athens and metropolitan Atlanta in the State of Georgia, in the southeastern United States, a region with a diverse population and a global economic base. The state hosts 32 Fortune 1000 headquarters and is ranked fifth among all countries and U.S. states as a production location for feature films.
Athens, a quintessential American university city, features unique shops, award-winning restaurants, and live music venues. It is home to the University of Georgia, a flagship research institution founded in 1785, which educates more than 35,000 students each year. The International Judicial Training initiative is based at Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center, on the university’s beautiful North Campus.
Atlanta, Georgia’s capital, is home to more than 5.5 million people and the world’s busiest airport. A global economic hub, Atlanta hosts many multinational businesses, including 13 Fortune 500 companies, as well as 79 full and honorary consulates and trade offices, 38 binational chambers of commerce, and a new international arbitration center.
International Judicial Training instructors include practicing judges and lawyers, as well as members of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty, ranked 23rd for international law by the U.S. News & World Report. Among Georgia Law’s distinguished academics are five former law clerks to Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, advisers to Congress and to the International Criminal Court, and many professors who have earned awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship.
Integral to trainings are visits to a variety of courts in Georgia, including general trial and appellate courts and specialized forums such as drug courts and mental health courts. Participating judges have the opportunity to view court proceedings and engage in discussions with their U.S. counterparts.
The training is designed to further the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which world leaders adopted in 2015. At the core of this Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, reduce inequalities and injustices, and tackle climate change. This training concentrates on Goal 16 “dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.”
Provision of equal access to justice and promotion of the rule of law depend on a judiciary that is well trained, transparent, and beyond reproach. The International Judicial Training will serve these purposes by offering coursework on:
- Court Systems in the United States
- American Criminal Law & Procedure
- Civil Law Practice in the United States and Access to Courts
- Applications of International Law in Courts of the United States
- Professionalism & Ethics for Judges
- Judicial Administration
- Decision-Making at the U.S. Supreme Court
- Dispute Resolution in Cross-Border Class Actions and Other Complex Litigation
- Operation of a Unified Trial Courts Justice Administration Center
Training sessions take place in English. Some simultaneous interpretation services are available.
On submitting a completed online registration form, you will be contacted regarding secure online payment.
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