Fordham Law

Fordham Law Partners with Prestigious European University Institute

December 12, 2007

Fordham Law School has signed an agreement with the European University Institute (EUI), which provides for semester-long student exchanges between the two institutions.

EUI, located just outside Florence, Italy, is one of the premier research institutes in Europe. The work of the Institute is primarily devoted to European problems and the European scholarly scene. 

"EUI is an outstanding institution, and its work offers an exceptional complement to Fordham Law School’s Center on European Law," said Toni M. Fine, Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs. "We are pleased that, with this agreement, Fordham Law joins an elite group of U.S. universities with formal institutional ties to EUI."

The scholarly activities of EUI's law department focus on comparative law and general international law.  The law department is highly regarded for its work in legal theory and for the interdisciplinary nature of its scholarly pursuits.  While the official language of the Institute is English, courses are offered in both English and French.  Fordham Law students hosted at EUI under the agreement will be researchers pursuing doctoral or post-doctoral work.

The relationship between Fordham and EUI was facilitated by two members of the Fordham Law School faculty:  Professor Grainne de Burca, who was a Professor of Law at EUI before joining the Fordham Law faculty; and Professor Mark Patterson , who spent the 2006-2007 academic year as a Visiting Fellow in EUI's Law Department.

EUI has very limited exchange agreements with U.S. law schools.  The Institute has agreements with Berkeley, NYU, and the University of Wisconsin.  The Law Department also has exchange agreements with Columbia and the University of Michigan.

For additional information about the Fordham Law School-EUI exchange program, please contact Toni M. Fine, Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs.