US students learn about peace processMichael W. Martin on UTV, June 25, 2010
US law students keen to learn from the success of the peace process are being drawn to Northern Ireland, Queen's University has said.
Friday, 25 June 2010
Almost 60 students and professors from one of America's leading law schools have opted to study in Belfast this summer for an intensive programme in conflict resolution and international law.
The students and staff from Fordham Law School in New York have arrived to begin courses taught by both Fordham and Queen's academics.
The US team will also visit the Assembly and meet MLAs from all the major political parties.
Queen's said the course is quickly becoming a destination of choice for summer study by US law students.
"This programme was inspired by the 1998 Belfast Agreement's cross-Atlantic and cross-border cooperation, which we are proud and fortunate to continue to nurture", Professor Michael Martin, from Fordham Law School said.
"Fordham Law students leave Belfast with rich memories of this beautiful city and a significantly deeper understanding of Northern Ireland's progress and the challenges to come."
The students will visit the courts and the Bar Library in Belfast, hold discussions with legal practitioners and are also scheduled to meet members of the police service.
Many of the students will then take on internships with the courts, the Police Ombudsman, the Commission for Victims and Survivors, and the Committee on the Administration of Justice, before returning to their studies in the autumn.
The Fordham's programme is officially sponsored by Queen's, along with University College Dublin, and the group will later travel to Dublin to conclude their summer schedule.
Professor Colin Harvey, head of the law school at Queen's, said: "We are delighted to welcome our friends from Fordham Law School for what is one of the highlights of our academic year"
"This programme is a leading international example of co-operation and partnership between law schools, and further evidence of the strong connections between the US and universities on the island of Ireland"
"We look forward to building further on the established connections and wish the programme continued success", he added.