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Teaching International Law Across an Urban Divide: Reflections on an Improvisation


Fleur E. Johns


University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law; Faculty of Law, University of NSW

Steven Freeland


University of Western Sydney - College of Law and Business


Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 539-561, 2007
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/52

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This article recounts an experiment whereby which two teachers of international law and human rights, working on opposite sides of a large, industrialized metropolis (Sydney), brought their students together to stage an exercise in experiential learning. This exercise took the form of a student conference during which law students drawn from two very different demographic landscapes presented their research and participated collaboratively in negotiation role-plays. In this article, the authors reflect upon the successes and failings of this event, evaluating it by reference to contemporary pedagogical literature. The authors contend that collaborative teaching exercises of this kind might offer important ways of encouraging law students to move beyond the rote reproduction of a legal language nominally attentive to difference, through learning to traverse disparate parts and peoples of their own city.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: international law teaching, experiential learning, pedagogy, collaboration, equity

JEL Classification: I20, I21, K10, K30

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Date posted: May 13, 2008 ; Last revised: September 8, 2014

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Johns, Fleur E. and Freeland, Steven, Teaching International Law Across an Urban Divide: Reflections on an Improvisation. Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 539-561, 2007; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/52. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1131044

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Fleur E. Johns (Contact Author)
University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )
Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia
Faculty of Law, University of NSW ( email )
Faculty of Law
University of NSW
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
Steven Freeland
University of Western Sydney - College of Law and Business ( email )
Australia
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