HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
Boasting the highest enrollment in its eight year history, the Comparative and International Law program in Curaçao included 69 law students from across the world - a 35% increase from last year. Curaçao, part of The Netherlands Antilles, is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.
“International education is the cutting edge of law studies,” said Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “Students from around the world are taking notice of Hofstra Law's success in this field, thereby driving attention to, and enrollment in, the Curaçao program.”
Hofstra Law School, the University of Baltimore School of Law and Erasmus University Rotterdam sponsor the Curaçao program, which is hosted by The University of the Netherlands Antilles. The program features law faculty from each of the sponsor schools and ran this academic year from December 18, 2009 through January 9, 2010. This year's faculty taught courses titled “The Law of Humanity and the Law of Nations,” “Comparative Refugee and Asylum Law,” and “Introduction to the Economic Law of the European Union for Non EU-Lawyers.”
“The Curaçao program is growing in popularity,” said Hofstra Law School Assistant Dean for Administration and Operations Jeffrey A. Dodge, who traveled to Curaçao to administer the program. “For the first time, we had to turn people away. In the coming years, I expect even more law students nationwide to be attracted to the study abroad program.”
The roster included students from Hofstra Law School, University of Baltimore School of Law, American University School of Law, Southwestern Law School, and the University of Georgia School of Law, to name a few. Two students from the University of Netherlands Antilles also participated.
“The study abroad program in Curaçao is an exciting and enriching experience,” said Johanna David, a Hofstra Law student. “Not only did we learn about International Law, but we were able to interact with people from a vast array of cultures. The professors are extremely knowledgeable about International Law and Political Asylum and made it a pleasure to take their classes. Between a beautiful island, great professors, and lasting friendships, the Curaçao program is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Rachel Soloman, another Hofstra Law student, added, “I am so happy I decided to participate in the Curacao Study Abroad Program. Not only is the island a wonderful paradise, but I also got the chance to experience a new university, professors from other schools and countries, and a different culture. Two of the students in the class attend the University of the Netherlands Antilles full-time, and their input during class discussions made this trip unique.”
Curaçao is an interesting and legally relevant location to host a legal study abroad program. The Dutch settlers in Curaçao were the founders of New York City as we know it today - a thriving trade and business city. Curaçao gained self-government on January 1, 1954 as an island territory of the Netherlands Antilles. Despite this, the islanders did not fully participate in the political process until after the social movements of the late 1960s. Recently, the political status of the island has been under discussion again regarding the relationship with the Netherlands and between the islands of the Antilles.
Additionally, Hofstra University was established as a result of a large bequest by the estate of Kate Mason. Ms. Mason was the second wife of lumber magnate William S. Hofstra, a Dutch American.
The three-week intensive program is approved by the American Bar Association. In addition to the Curaçao program, Hofstra Law School offers study abroad programs in Germany, Italy and Australia. The school is also a founding member of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education (EACLE). Under the EACLE program, Hofstra Law students take advantage of exchange programs at Finland's Helsinki University, The Netherlands' Erasmus University Rotterdam and Belgium's Ghent University. Visit law.hofstra.edu/International
Hofstra Law was recognized on preLaw magazine's annual "Where to Study International Law" list in 2008.