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Golden State University Summer Study Abroad in Thailand or Malta


In addition to our summer program in Bangkok, Thailand, now in its fifth year, Golden Gate University is offering a new program in the Maltese Islands. Participants in our six-week summer program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok will join students from Indonesia Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as from law schools across the United States. Our four-week Malta program offers an opportunity to study international and comparative law at a 400 year old university on a beautiful Mediterranean island located between Italy and Tunisia. The Malta program is cosponsored by South Texas College of Law and offered in partnership with the University of Malta Law School and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies.

Bangkok, Thailand
May 27 - July 10

A fascinating melange of ancient and modern cultures, Thailand is a regional hub which hosts the Social and Economic Commission of the United Nations for Asia and the Pacific and houses the regional headquarters of many the specialized agencies. The city of Bangkok offers an abundance of educational and cultural activities including museums, theaters and historical landmarks.

Valletta/Msida, Malta
May 27 - June 21

Famous for its rich mythical history, Malta is a nation of islands located at the crossroads of two cultures, European and Middle Eastern. The sun-drenched islands are within a short ferry ride of both Sicily and Tunisia and offer everything from sailing, hiking and diving to casino gambling.


The Malta program will offer courses in International Business and Litigation, International Environmental Law, International Human Rights and the Law of the Sea. The class schedule will include long weekends without meetings so students may have the time to explore nearby Sicily, Tunis or Athens.

The Thailand curriculum will include International Legal Problems, International Contracts, International Criminal Law. International Economic Law, International Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfers, Law/Politics/ Economics/Development and Regional Organizations. Also. externships will be possible in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur,. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Most of the courses will run for the full period of the programs except in Thailand where the International

Criminal Law course is offered the first three weeks only. and the International Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfers course is offered the last three weeks only. Unless otherwise noted all courses are taught in English and are offered on a graded semester basis.


Students participating in the summer program are responsible for their own transportation to and from Thailand or Malta and for housing, during their stay. Transportation and lodging, expenses for clinical visits to areas outside the home campus are the responsibility of the student. The program will assist students in locating suitable, affordable housing, at modest rates. Expenses for housing, and other living costs are anticipated to be $600- 900 in Bangkok and S400-600 in Malta.



Current International Legal Problems (2 or 3 units).
This course examines legal problems originating in the Pacific Region along with those generated elsewhere but affecting the Asian Pacific. It covers public international law and international trade law problems as well as alternative dispute resolution. Also, the course will examine intra ASEAN and inter-regional relations.
Professor Sucharitkul.
Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. & Thursday 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

International Contracts (2 or 3 units). This course will cover the practical aspects of drafting international contracts, including crucial clauses allowing contracting parties to select in advance the applicable law, the preferred method of dispute resolution and the desired forum in the event of a dispute.
Professor Chandler.
Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. & Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

International Criminal Law (2 Units).
This will be offered as an intensive three-week course during the first half of the summer program. It deals with internationally organized crimes, international extradition and exchanges of offenders, and economic crimes with transnational consequences. International and regional cooperation will be examined with respect to prevention and suppression of international offenses and the arrest, prosecution and punishment of international offenders.
Professors Sucharitkul and Petchsiri.
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

International Economic Law (2 or 3 units).
This course examines the regulation of international trade, investment, finance, transportation and banking institutions and the facilitation of the freer flow of international trade.
Professor Sathirathal.
Monday & Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

International Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer (2 units).
This course examines the intellectual property laws and technology transfer policies of Southeast Asian countries from both western and Asian perspectives. It compares the Southeast Asian policies to those of the United States. The course studies national legislation in light of international obligations and cultural and economic factors that influence the development of law and policy. This is a three week course offered only during the second half of the Thailand summer program.
Professor Blatt.
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - t2:00 noon & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Law/Politics/Economics/Development (2 units).
Designed as an introduction to the Thai legal system and culture, the objective of this course is to acquaint students with the elements that comprise the Thai legal system and the components of its cultural heritage. Students will meet with Thai students. Organized visits will be made to the Law Courts, Attorney Generals Office, Ministry of Justice, and to the ancient capitals of Thailand. Sukhothai and Ayudhya.
Professor Kovilaikool and team.
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon & Thursday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Regional Organizations (2 or 3 units).
Bangkok hosts a number of U.N. organs such as UNDP, UNHCR. UNICEF, FAO, WHO, WMO, ILO, ICAO, WFP and the U.N. Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Students will have the chance to visit some of these regional organizations as part of the course. This course will also look at the roles and responsibilities of various regional organizations such as ASEAN.
Professor Muntarbhorn.
Monday & Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Sompong Sucharitkul, Distinguished Professor of International and Comparative Law at Golden Gate University School of Law and Director of the Summer Program, received his B.A. Hons. (Jurisprudence), B.C.L., M.A., D.Phil., and D.C.L. from Oxford, Docteur en Droit, D.E. S.D.I.Pub. from Par] s, and LL.M. from Harvard. Professor Sucharitkul, former Ambassador of Thailand, served 10 years as Member and Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission. He is a Member of the Institute of International Law, a Corresponding Collaborator of UNIDROIT, an arbitrator and mediator of WIPO, and a Member of the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of ICSID (World Bank). Professor Sucharitkul teaches Current International Legal Problems and International Criminal Law.

Surakiart Sathirathai, Minister of Finance and former Dean of the Faculty of Law at Chulalonkorn University, is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and received his LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. Co-Director for the Summer Program, Professor Sathirathai is a renowned specialist in International Trade Law and an authority on international investment in developing countries. He team-teaches International Economic Law.

Apirat Petchsiri, Law School Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Chulalongkorn University, received his J.S.D. (Judicial Science) and LL.M. from New York University School of Law and his LL.B. with honors from Thammasat University, Bangkok. Since 1984 he has been an Associate Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University and has been a member of the Law faculty there since 1976. He is a member of several committees of the Thai office of the Prime Minister that focus on various aspects of the Thai legal system and possible revisions of it. Additionally, he has written numerous books and articles on the Thai and other Southeast Asian legal systems. He will co-teach International Criminal Law.

Jeffrey J. Blatt, a partner in the law firm of Irell & Manella, received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and a B.S. in Engineering, from U.C.L.A. He has published many articles on intellectual property rights and technology transfers in Southeast Asia and lectures frequently on the subject. He has also negotiated and structured technology, transfers throughout Asia for a variety of high technology projects and is registered to practice with the U.S. Office of Trademarks and Patents. He teaches International Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer.

Albert Chandler, received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and is a practicing attorney in Bangkok with extensive experience in international contracting. He team-teaches International Contracts.

Prasit Kovilaikool, former Dean of the Faculty of Law of Chulalongkorn University, received an LL.M. from Columbia University,. He team teaches Law/Politics/Economics/ Development. an introduction to the Thai legal system and culture. His team includes Professor Wimolsiri Jamnarnwej, President, Women Lawyers Association of Thailand. and Ms. Orabhund Panuspatthana, LL.M. from Harvard. Assistant Dean for Foreign Relations.

Vitit Muntarbhorn, Professor of the Faculty of Law of Chulalongkorn University, obtained his B.A. Hons. (Jurisprudence), B.C.L., and M.A. from Oxford, and Lic. Sp. from Brussels. A Barrister-at-Law, Professor Muntarbhorn is a specialist in ASEAN laws and has taught International Human Rights. He serves as LT.N. Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children. Professor Muntarbhom teaches Regional Organizations.



All the courses in Malta will meet on the following dates: May 28-31; June 3-6,- June 10-12; June 17 & 18. This leaves long weekends available for travel to nearby destinations such as Sicily, Tunisia, and Athens.

International Business and Litigation (2 units)
will cover a variety of private international law topics relevant to the conduct of business abroad. Topics covered will include international sales contracts, financing of international sales through letters of credit, foreign currency problems, dispute resolution, jurisdiction and choice of law, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, import relief such as anti-dumping, countervailing duty, and "escape clause" proceedings, export controls, and foreign investment and expropriation.
Professors Marsh and Sylvester.
Daily 10:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.

International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea (2 units)
Will examine the basic concepts, sources and Principles of international environmental law while also serving as an introduction to the law of the sea. This course will survey relevant international institutions, treaty arrangements and customary norms at the bilateral,. regional and global levels dealing with current environmental problems such as global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, tropical deforestation and biological diversity. The course will also emphasize fishing rights, environmental protection of the sea, maritime boundary disputes, contested military activities, and the concerns of indigenous peoples.
Professor Elver.
Daily 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

International Human Rights (2 units)
Will focus on United Nations human rights instruments and implementing bodies. Topics covered will include theoretical and historical foundations for human rights norms; problems in investigation, fact-finding and enforcement: use of international human rights norms in United States courts; regional human rights treaties: individual remedies for violations of international human rights and the evolution of economic, social and cultural rights.
Professor Weingold.
Daily 12:50 - 2:50 p.m.


Hilal Elver, Associate Professor, University of Malta, received both a Degree in Law and a Ph.D. from the University of Ankara Law School in Turkey. She holds the United Nations Environmental Program Chair at the University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. During 1993-94 she was a Visiting Fullbright Professor at the University of Michigan La", School. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Ankara Law School from 1987 to 1993. Professor Elver served the Turkish Government for many years in various capacities including General Director of the General Directorate of Women' s Status and Problems. and head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of the Environment. She is an Advisor on the Environment to the Izmir, Turkey, Chamber of Commerce and a Director of the Ankara Regional Training and Research Center for the Environment. She has written numerous articles and books on international environmental legal affairs. She will teach International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea.

Joel Marsh, Adjunct Professor of Law, Golden Gate University, holds a B.A. (Government) from Cornell University, an M.A. (Political Science) from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Hastings College of Law. Professor Marsh is in private practice with the California firm of Marsh & Perna, emphasizing international and immigration law. From 1964 until 1972, he served as a Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. State Department. on diplomatic and consular assignments in Switzerland. Taiwan, Indonesia, and Washington, D.C. A member of the Golden Gate Law Faculty since 1975, Professor Marsh has published and lectured frequently in the U.S. and abroad on International Law, Comparative Law, Law of the Sea, and Immigration Law. He has been a guest lecturer or has conducted legal research projects in Greece, Austria, Israel and Haiti, and was a Fulbright Legal Scholar in Turkey. He will teach the litigation component of International Business and Litigation.

Jon H. Sylvester, Professor of Law, Golden Gate University, earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1973 and a J.D. from Harvard in 1981. He practiced law for three years in Washington. D.C., then taught in the law school at Texas Southern University and at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) before joining the Golden Gate law faculty in 1995 as a tenured member. He has taught at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and spent the 1992-93 academic year teaching and traveling in Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to becoming an attorney, Professor Sylvester earned a masters degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley where he was a New York Times fellow and then spent 1975-78 as a television news writer. reporter and producer. He is Director of the Malta program and will teach International Business and Litigation.

Ursula H. Weingold, Assistant Professor of Law & Director of Legal Research and Writing, South Texas College of Law, received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She was a Briefing Attorney to Chief Justice Frank G. Evans of the Texas Court of Appeals in 1984- 85, then a Research Attorney for the Court in 1985 and was the Court' s Senior Staff Attorney from 1985-89. She was a CLEO Professor during the summers of 1992 & 1995 where she designed and taught legal research, analysis and writing to economically disadvantaged students in a program sponsored by the Department of Education and the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity. She is a member of the ABA Sections of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and International Law and Practice and is the author of Protecting the Record, published in 1993. She will teach International Human Rights.

Cancellation: The summer programs may be canceled in the event of compelling circumstances including unrest or instability in the host countries. The Bangkok program has never been canceled in the past. The Malta program will be held for the first time this summer. In the event of cancellation, all moneys. including the S200 application fee, would be returned. Individual courses in either program may be canceled if they are under-enrolled.

Relationship with Foreign Institutions: The faculties of Chulalongkorn University and the University of Malta Law School are actively involved in teaching, courses in the summer programs.

Accessibility: Facilities are not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as American facilities are. Individuals with special needs should contact the program at (415) 442-6630 by March 15, 1996.

Residency and Academic Requirements: Students interested in acceleration of graduation should consult their home schools about this possibility. Due to ABA residency requirements, it is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students should consult their home schools about transfer of units and about their schools' grading requirements for transfer of units. At the discretion of the instructor, each class will require a paper or an exam.


Golden Gate's Summer Law Study Abroad Programs are approved by the American Bar Association. Student applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time or two years of part-time law student by the time the Summer Program begins.


Applicants should submit:

  1. A transcript evidencing completion of one year of full-time or two years of part-time study at an ABA-accredited law school; and
  2. A statement of good standing from his or her law school. or
  3. Evidence of Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school.

For students not enrolled at Golden Gate University, transfer of Summer Program credits to another law school will be the responsibility of the student.


An application fee of $200, payable to Golden Gate University. is due with the application. Should an applicant not be accepted, the University will retain $25 of this application fee and refund $175. This application fee will be applied to the tuition charge for those attending the program.

Tuition is $2,000 for five or six units and $1,600 for up to four units. Tuition includes the use of facilities at the law library of Chulalongkorn University or the University of Malta and course materials supplied professors. This does not include air fare, traveling expenses, costs associated with clinical visits to areas outside the home campus, housing or books.


The application and application fee are due by March 22, 1996. The completed application, including final tuition payments, is due by April 15, 1996. Late applications will be accepted if openings remain. Enrollment is limited. A late fee of $20 will be charged for tuition payments received and accepted after April 15, 1996. A late fee of $50 will be charged for tuition payments received and accepted after May 11, 1996.


All inquiries, forms, and corresponds about the programs should be directed to:

Golden e University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105-2968

call (415) 442-6630
fax (415) 442-6609 or