Growing links with European Universities
The UCL Law Faculty (and Institute) has already links with the Universities
of Aix en Provence, Cologne, Florence, Madrid, Munich, Paris I (Pathéon-Sorbonne),
Paris II, Siena. These take the form of student exchanges as part of commonly
designed law degrees. Other links are expected to be announced soon.
The new link with the University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin recently founded its own Institute of Transnational
Law. It has its own aims (which include enhanced links with the Latin American
and Western European World.) In their desire to foster especially close links
the two Universities (UCL, London, and Texas) decided that the Deans of the
two Law Faculties will also serve on the Boards of each other’s Institutes.
The first tangible results of this trans-Atlantic linkage are:
the secondment of two Texas Professors at the London Institute as of 2001
(or, at the latest 2002) for a period of one term each;
the (expected) signing of a new co-operation agreement that will allow
students of the participating Law Faculties to spend up to one year studying
at the other Law Faculty and obtaining a higher degree; and
the creation of an Association of Three Institutes between London, Texas,
and the Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
The Association of Three Institutes
The UCL and UT Institutes have recently created an Association with one further
Institute, and the Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris I
(Panthéon-Sorbonne). The aims of this Association of Three Institutes
act as a vehicle that will enhance closer links between the members of the
Law Faculties of the participating Universities;
to facilitate greater student and teacher exchange programmes including,
where possible, the creation of joint degrees or other types of shared teaching
programmes at undergraduate and graduate level;
to organise on a regular basis joint colloquia, where possibly with the
co-operation of the practising professions, to be held either at the Institutes’
premises or those of sponsoring organisations; and
to undertake joint research in areas of common interest and, where possible,
publish the fruits of such research.