Legislating, Decision-Making, Practice and Education
Edited by Mary Hiscock and William van Caenegem
Chapter 8: The Internationalisation of Legal Education: A Road Increasingly Travelled
Vai Io Lo* The advent of information technology and the ever-increasing incidence of international commercial transactions have made it impracticable, if not impossible, for any country in the world to isolate itself. As diverse legal systems meet at various junctions, there is the inevitable need for legal professionals who are conversant with international law and/or the laws of the countries which they will encounter in their respective practices. To prepare lawyers and judges for a dynamic and interactive legal world, legal educators have adopted various measures to internationalise the law curriculum. Since legal training is a significant constituent of the law, this chapter is designed to provide an overview of the internationalisation of legal education. First and foremost, the ‘internationalisation of legal education’ here refers to the offering of international law programs or courses, comparative law programs or courses and/or foreign law programs or courses; participation in international moot court competitions; and undertaking of research projects on international and comparative law. The research for this chapter is a review of previous studies and a recent survey of 39 law schools or faculties in Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe and North America, all of which have acquired a reputation for being internationally oriented.1 Based on the research findings, this chapter addresses three issues: whether legal education should be internationalised; what efforts have been undertaken to internationalise the law curriculum; and what challenges legal educators face on the path of internationalisation. In doing so, this chapter aims at generating useful...
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