Belfast / Dublin Summer Program Begins

June 17, 2011

Almost 60 students and professors from Fordham Law have arrived at Queen's University Belfast for an intensive summer study program in conflict resolution and international law.

Over the last decade, the program has brought over 500 Fordham students to Northern Ireland. The students will take classes taught by Fordham and Queen’s staff, visit parliament buildings at Stormont, and meet Members of the Legislative Assembly from all the major political parties. The program also includes visits to the courts, the Bar Library, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland; discussions with legal practitioners; a presentation by the Historical Enquiries Team; and a tour of the North Coast—one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes.

Some students extend their stay to complete summer internships in the Northern Ireland legal sector, allowing them to apply what they have learned in the lecture hall to real life legal situations.

Igor Rogovoy '14 will stay in Belfast to complete an internship with the Northern Ireland Law Centre.

“Queen’s has a reputation for excellence in legal teaching and research and the Queen’s/ Fordham partnership is very highly regarded," he said. "Queen’s central role in the life of Belfast—a city that has moved away from conflict towards a shared future—means the University is ideally placed to learn about the complexities of conflict resolution and international law, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to study here.”

Jane Pakenham '13 added, “This program has given me a unique insight into the Northern Ireland legal profession, and I hope to put this to good use during my summer internship with the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. Outside the lecture hall and the workplace, this is a wonderful opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of Belfast and experience at first hand Northern Ireland’s rich culture and world-famous hospitality.”

Clinical Associate Professor Professor Michael W. Martin helped organize the program and is teaching International Human Rights.

"This program was inspired by the 1998 Belfast Agreement's cross-Atlantic and cross-border co-operation, which we are proud and fortunate to continue to nurture," he 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."
Professor Colin Harvey, Head of the Law School at Queen’s, commented: “We are delighted to welcome our friends from Fordham Law School for what is one of the highlights of our academic year. This program is a leading international example of co-operation and partnership between law schools, and further evidence of the strong connections between the United States and universities on the island of Ireland. We look forward to building further on the established connections and wish the program continued success.”

After their two-week stay in Belfast, the group will travel to Dublin to conclude the summer program. Fordham's program is officially sponsored by Queen’s, along with University College Dublin.