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

Cornell Law School may send two 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.




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.


2016-2017 academic year calendar


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 to acquire the intellectual and analytical tools to intervene critically and effectively in the global policy debates confronting their societies, as policy makers, practicing lawyers judges, academics, activists or international civil servants. In the context of constantly changing global economic and political realities, and the crumbling of old regulatory models, the Degree is designed to empower students to adapt, innovate and gain mastery over what they don't know."

The LL.M. program has offers the following courses.

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."


Interested students should consult the AUC website for more details.
The office of International Students and Study Abroad.

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