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Program Cost and Description




Summer 2020


Instructors: Professor Noah Novogrodsky

Class Meetings: July 27-Aug 7, 2020

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I.          WHY CAMBRIDGE?

Cambridge England is home to one of the world’s great universities – the University of Cambridge.  Nestled in the heart of the United Kingdom near London, Cambridge offers an unparalleled learning experience in a Harry Potter-style environment that will inspire and motivate you.  The City straddles the historic Cam River and is home to medieval and modern buildings, pubs, theaters, museums, restaurants, shops, book stores, and coffee houses.  The Cambridge community is made up of multilingual faculty and students from all over the world who partake in academic and social life in a collegial environment.  Cambridge is well-known for its great minds and contributions in the sciences (Newton, Darwin and Hawking) and international law (Coke, Lauterpacht and Crawford) and is the ideal venue for study and discussion of topical issues in European and international law.


The purpose of the Cambridge Summer Law Institute (CSLI) is to provide students with the opportunity to study law at one of the pre-eminent institutions for international legal studies and bring Cambridge minds and ideas to students in an ideal learning atmosphere.  For two weeks, students will explore international legal developments in the European Union (EU) up close (e.g., the Brexit Crisis) and study the impact of these developments on law and policy under the tutelage of leading experts in the field.  The program will take place at one of the historic residential colleges in Cambridge, where students reside, dine and participate in lectures.  The program will include short train rides into London to visit the U.K. Parliament and the renowned Inns of Court to observe first-hand the life of Barristers and the practice of law at the Royal Courts of Justice.  A unique aspect of the CSLI program is the opportunity it provides for interaction with English judges, lawyers and students in the pubs and dining halls during this tumultuous time in British history.  

CSLI is organized by the University of Wyoming College of Law.  CSLI’s courses are taught by international law experts and alumni of the University of Cambridge.  


Students will need to complete all application materials in the Cowboys Abroad portal ( by February 1, 2020.


This course has two basic objectives: (1) to broaden the student’s knowledge of European Law and institutions, the Brexit Crisis, and its implications for International Human Rights in the UK and EU and (2) to examine basic institutions and processes influencing the devolution of power and the effects of that devolution on core principles of mutual recognition and cooperation.  Brexit is expected to redefine the EU and the British constitutional landscape.  The The U.K has every intention of withdrawing from the various European treaties and core aspects of the EU legal system in October 2019, while attempting to maintain open economic relations with the rest of the continent.  The implications for freedom of movement, trade, and investment in and out of the UK is, therefore, uncertain as the UK Parliament, judges and policy makers seek to respond to the 2016 Brexit vote, the devolution of power in Europe, and a backlash against EU institutions.         

This course will seek to address these recent developments both from a public law and international law perspective.  Its aim is to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas among students and scholars about Brexit and the future of human rights jurisprudence in the UK and EU.  Participants in the course will have an opportunity to experience the Brexit process firsthand and observe how this dramatic change is impacting the lives of millions of UK citizens. 

The course is open to law students from the United States with an interest in international human rights law and EU law and policy.  The majority of the literature in the course assumes an introductory level knowledge of public international law.  Students with a limited background in these subjects may need to supplement the required readings with outside material.

The course is approved by the American Bar Association and will allow students to earn up to three semester hours of law school credit.



Your participation is important to the success of the class.  Therefore, we expect you to be present for each class.  Because classroom discussions are a key component of the course, we will ask for volunteers and/or call on students at random to answer questions.  We reserve the right to raise or lower your grade based on class participation and attendance. 

It is important that students stay informed about daily international news events to do well in the course. To keep apprised of current issues in EU affairs and international law, you should read a good daily newspaper such as The Financial Times and/or The Economist (a weekly news magazine).  This information will assist you in classroom discussions and in your overall understanding of the course.


There will be no final examination.  Grades will be determined as follows: (1) 75% for the written paper; 25% for class participation, including attendance, contributions to class discussions, and a class presentation on an EU law or criminal law issue.

Standards for Papers: The Paper should represent a rigorous effort by the student.  It should go beyond simply reporting what the law is and should include some critical analysis of the legal issues and/or public policy implications of subject matter relevant to the course.  The paper should be thoroughly researched, well written, and fully documented.  It must be an original work for this course only.

Each paper must be at least fifteen pages in length, exclusive of title page, table of contents, footnotes, and appendices.  Each paper must (1) be computer-produced on a letter quality printer; (2) be double-spaced; (3) use 12 point font and reasonable margins; (4) use proper English and correct spelling and punctuation; and (5) conform to the most recent edition of a Uniform System of Citation (e.g., the Bluebook).

**The paper is due by 5:00 pm on August 21, 2020.  NO PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME.  Please email your final paper to Professor Novogrodsky.

Class Presentations:  Students will be responsible for making a 20 minute presentation on a human rights or environmental law topic related to the daily subject.  Students should prepare an outline or PowerPoint of their topic and distribute it to the class and any other relevant materials to the class at the beginning of the class session at which they are making their presentation.

  1. Honor Code

The Honor Code governs all work in this course.  If you have any questions, please ask one of the professors.


Due to the fact that this is a two-week intensive course, a binder of reading materials will be circulated to each student several weeks before the start of the course.  You are expected to read most of the material prior to July 29, 2019 in preparation for the course and be prepared to cover different topics in class each day.  Emphasis during the first week of the course will be on EU Law and Institutions and the role of the UK within the EU legal framework.  The second week of classes will focus mainly on UK/EU Human Rights Law and Policy, and the implications of the Brexit crisis.


 WEEK 1         EU Law & Institutions and International Human Rights Law (Novogrodsky)

Class Meeting: College Seminar Room - July 27-30 (Monday-Thursday), 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Lecture)

Class Field trip to Inns of Court and UK Parliament, London - July 31 (Friday)

WEEK 2         The Brexit Crisis and Its Implications for International Human Rights Law Aspects of the Brexit Crisis (Novogrodsky/TBD)

 Class Meeting: College Seminar Room (Lecture) - Aug 3-7 (Monday-Friday), 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Other Comments: This course does not fulfil advanced writing requirements.

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