The Transnational Law Program, the latest initiative of the Global Dominican Academic Exchange Program (GDAE), came to a close on Monday, April 21 at the University of Georgia School of Law when students received certificates of participation from Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy director and former Congressman, C. Donald Johnson, and Global Internship Program director Maria Eugenia Gimenez.
The ceremony marked the end of a week-long program wherein students attended classes in International, Criminal and Environmental Law and participated in a series of activities designed to introduce them fellow UGA law students and to familiarize them to with local culture and attractions.
Students noted that the experience ignited a new interest in international law and inspired them to apply to more international exchange programs, citing the personal, professional and academic growth that results from participation in initiatives with combine but academic content and social and cultural activities.
The Global Dominican Academic Exchange Program Transnational Law Program is a collaborative effort between InteRDom, a program of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), and the UGA School of Law. It is the first GDAE program through which students take courses with U.S. professors to earn academic credit.
The program at UGA is one of many GDAE programs slated for 2014. In addition to the NDSC Harvard University program, plans are in the works for programs at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. The InteRDom staff works closely with faculty and student representatives to plan the activities, and then to recruit and bring students from Dominican universities to participate. Hosting events with different thematic concentrations ensures that diverse groups of Dominican students have the opportunity to participate.
The Transnational Law Program is an initiative of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy aimed at bringing law students from foreign universities to study at Georgia Law for one to two weeks, providing a flexible curriculum and exposure to American legal education.
The Global Dominican Academic Exchange program, a project of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), an extension of their internship, research and study program, InteRDom, aims to introduce Dominican students to the American style of liberal arts education and encourage dialogue between Dominican students and their Dominican-American counterparts attending these institutions, thereby encouraging and inspiring partnership and entrepreneurship initiatives which will foster innovation and stimulate Dominican economic development and international understanding.