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Tulane Law School

Cambridge, England

July 7 - July 20, 2019 

Tulane Summer School on Migration, Refugees and
the Legal Future

Cambridge Group

The Syrian civil war forces a wave of millions of refugees into Europe. Lack of control over immigration in the UK produces a fateful “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union in 2019. In the US, an estimated eleven million undocumented immigrants was a key issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. All over the world governments, diplomats, human rights lawyers and legal systems confront an unprecedented wave of refugees and migration of peoples. The Tulane Law School summer program at Cambridge University is the first to take on these cutting-edge legal and constitutional issues. 

The site of the program is Trinity College, Cambridge University. Repeatedly ranked among the top universities in the world, Cambridge University is composed of individual colleges, each with their own unique architecture and personality. The Tulane Program on Refugees, Migration and the Legal Future is housed at Trinity College, the largest college in Cambridge and by itself one of the most prestigious and wealthy colleges in the United Kingdom. 

The Tulane Program will run from Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, July 20, 2019, with four courses, all centered on the pressing international and domestic legal ramifications of the extraordinary movement of refugees into Europe, the issues posed by the unprecedented migration of millions of people worldwide, and the highly consequential political and constitutional fallout, including the move towards "Brexit", or exit from the European Union, in the United Kingdom. This is the only summer program available on this critically important topic offered by any U.S. law school.  

The curriculum provides opportunities to learn from and interact with Cambridge and U.S. faculty with transnational interests, experiences, and contacts. Each course reflects the expertise of the individual faculty members and students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with them, both in and out of class. 

An earlier Tulane program at Trinity devoted to EU and comparative law was described by students as “a great program, balanced between school and immersion into English lifestyle.” And even as the “best part of law school to date.” 

Cambridge is a medium-size university town located approximately 70 miles north of London. The ambiance provided by the striking university buildings located in a park-like setting along the River Cam is one of a kind and never forgotten once experienced. Many pleasant afternoons can be passed exploring the colleges with their beautiful gardens, attending the unique evensong at King's College Chapel, visiting the quaint shops and pubs of the town and surrounding villages, as well as “punting” or boating on the river. A wide variety of museums and stately homes are within easy reach by rail and bus. London is close by and easy to get to by train (50 minutes) from the Cambridge rail station for day trips. 

King Henry VIII founded Trinity College in 1546 (his portrait hangs in the splendid dining hall). Famous graduates and faculty of Trinity College include once and future kings, Sir Isaac Newton and many eminent scientists, political figures, and philosophers such as Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. 

Students both reside and attend class inside Trinity College, so everything is very convenient. The student rooms are in the modernized Burrell’s Field, which was designed for undergraduates.  They were highly regarded by students in the 2017 and 2018 summer programs (rooms are single-occupancy only). The Tulane Program’s office and classroom is also located in Burrell’s Field, steps away from the student rooms. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessibility or handicapped access to any of the dormitory rooms or classrooms, nor to most parts of Trinity College and Cambridge. While the rooms at Trinity are well ventilated and the weather is usually cool at night, there is no air conditioning.


The Tulane Program starts with a brief meeting of all students in the afternoon of Sunday, July 7, 2019, followed by a reception in Trinity College hosted by Dr. Barnard. Courses in the Cambridge Program begin Monday, July 8, 2019. All courses meet in Trinity College, Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 2:10 pm. Law students may choose any 3 of the courses for a total of 3 ABA credits for the session. The Program concludes Saturday, July 20, 2019 with final exams. Final exams will extend into the afternoon and thus take up most of the day. Students should not plan to depart earlier than the evening of July 20 as exams cannot be rescheduled. Students can stay in their rooms until Sunday morning, July 21.

Program Director
/uploadedImages/Summer_Abroad/Countries/Cambridge/Griffin.jpg Stephen M. Griffin 

W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law

For more information about the Cambridge Summer Program, contact Professor Griffin at or contact Mallory E. Asp or at 504-865-5990. 

Follow the adventure at #TulaneLawCambridge 


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