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Building the World Community: Challenges for Legal Education

Dickinson Journal of International Law, Vol. 18, p. 441, 2000

10 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2009 Last revised: 12 Dec 2012

Claudio Grossman

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: Spring 2000


We are witnessing a dramatic transformation in the world today, caused by a combination of forces such as global trade; foreign investment; the advent of the Internet and other communications technologies; the breakdown of authoritarian political structures; the emergence of new nations; and expanded roles for individuals, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations in international activities. In this new, essentially borderless world, crucial problems that challenge humankind cannot be solved solely by individual states. Instead, the growing trend towards internationalization requires an ever greater degree of international cooperation. This is particularly the case for transboundary problems such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, widespread poverty, corruption, environmental degradation, international terrorism, and war crimes. These developments highlight the emergence of a new world reality - and a new legal reality. What will be the effect of these changes on legal education? What challenges do we as legal educators face as we try to prepare our students and our institutions to confront this changing world?

Keywords: diversity, human development, international law

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Grossman, Claudio, Building the World Community: Challenges for Legal Education (Spring 2000). 18 Dickinson Journal of International Law 441 (2000).. Available at SSRN:

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