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New Study-Abroad Opportunity in South Africa: University of Pretoria Joins More Than Twenty Exchange Program Partners

Ithaca, NEW YORK, April 5, 2013

The Law School has added a new option to its international programs. Starting this fall, students may spend a semester studying in an English-language program at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Founded in 1908, the University of Pretoria is the leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest universities in the country, with a top-ranked Faculty of Law. Its relationship with Cornell was forged through visits to Pretoria by Muna Ndulo, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for African Development, and Barbara Holden-Smith, Vice Dean and Professor of Law.

Ndulo says that the exchange agreement was made in a spirit of creating opportunities not only for student exchange but also for faculty collaboration. He cites Pretoria’s strong reputation in research, its 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, and its extensive law library (“arguably the largest law library in Africa.”)

The Pretoria program joins a growing list of international study opportunities at the Law School. “We have over twenty faculty and student exchange programs with partner schools from all around the world—not only South Africa, but also China, Japan, India, France, Australia, Germany, Chile, Spain, and Portugal (among others),” says Laura Spitz, Associate Dean for International Affairs and Executive Director of the Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies. “At the same time, we are working to increase our number of international internship opportunities as a complement to our other international programs.”

Adds Ndulo, “In this globalized world, I think our lawyers need to be exposed to foreign jurisdictions. This collaboration with the University of Pretoria will, in my view, strengthen our comparative law education.”