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American University in Cairo Department of Law, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Cornell Law School may send four students to the Department of Law at the American University in Cairo (AUC) during either the Fall or Spring semesters. However, ACU's academic calendar extends later into the Spring than does Cornell's and thus the Spring placements are available for 2L's only.

Language of Instruction

The Department of Law recently has moved from the center of Cairo to the new suburban campus of AUC, located in New Cairo. AUC describes the space as follows:

"Designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, AUC's $400 million, 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive. Offering state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from around the world, the campus weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern campus and is designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities."

At present, law classes are still held in central Cairo, but may be held at the new campus as well.  Classes are typically in the evening, 5-8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.  There are regular shuttles running between central Cairo locations and the new campus.

Academic Calendar
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the calendar:

Courses and Credits
Cornell students may enroll in law courses offered in the Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law (LL.M.) program or the International Human Rights Law M.A. program. 

AUC describes the International and Comparative Law LL.M. program's curriculum as follows:

"The Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree in International and Comparative Law is intended for law school graduates who seek legal training that will enable them to work effectively in Egypt's developing free market economy, whether in courts, government offices, the foreign service, or public and private business sectors, with commitment to the rule of law from increased knowledge about the laws that govern market economies and liberalized societies, nationally and internationally. Accordingly, the new program offers basic courses and courses in specialized areas designed to increase capacities to promote economic, social, and legal development."

In past years, the LL.M. program has offered the following courses:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Law
  • Law and Economic Development
  • European Union Law
  • Islamic Law Reform
  • Transnational Business Law
  • International Economic and Trade Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Securities Regulation Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Special Topics in Comparative Law
  • Special Topics in International Law
  • Special Topics in Public Law

AUC describes the International Human Rights M.A. program as follows:

"International Human Rights Law considers protection of the individual as developed through organs of the United Nations, other international institutions, and at regional and domestic levels in the North and in the South. The program seeks to give students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of human rights law and in the methods of solid multidisciplinary research that are required for investigating legal issues pertaining to human rights. It is intended for those presently working, or desiring to work, in humanitarian organizations, in government departments and agencies concerned with humanitarian issues, or in other public, private and international sectors where there is increasingly a need for persons who have an understanding of the law and legal consequences of human rights within an international framework."

In past years, the M.A. program has offered the following courses:

  • International Law
  • Introduction to International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Research and Writing for International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights and the United Nations
  • The European and Inter-American Systems of Human Rights Protection
  • Human Rights in the Middle East
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Human Rights
  • Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  • Human Rights and Identity Groups
  • International Refugee Law
  • Human Rights in Africa
  • Special Topics in Public Law 
  • Special Topics in International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights in Practice

Further Information
Interested students should consult the AUC website for more details.