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Professor Stuart Deutsch Heads Efforts to Expand International Law Program

September 05, 2012 – 

Faculty and students at Rutgers School of Law–Newark enjoy opportunities to explore a range of international and comparative law issues that are presented in the academic curriculum, in study-abroad programs, and through interdisciplinary study offered by other graduate units of the university.

Now, as newly-appointed Director of Global and International Programs, Professor Stuart L. Deutsch will bring a consistent focus to the management and expansion of those opportunities. In addition to meeting with faculty and students with a particular expertise or interest in an aspect of international law, Deutsch is surveying students (under the Community tab in Blackboard) to determine the types of international legal instruction or experiences that most interest them.  

Each spring since 1995 several Rutgers law students have taken courses in international law, comparative law, legal history, the law of the European Union, and law and economics in the international context at Leiden University in the Netherlands. During the past academic year, groups of Rutgers Law School students traveled to the Dominican Republic, Israel and Cuba where lessons in the laws of those countries were part of the experience. Inroads have also been made in developing arrangements that would expose Rutgers students to the legal systems of Russia, China and Liberia.

According to Deutsch, an expanded international program could include additional study-abroad opportunities, faculty exchanges and visitorships, and pro bono or paid work in other countries.

Professor Deutsch served as dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark from 1999 until July 2009, when he stepped down and was awarded the title University Professor. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities.