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McGill's transsystemic law education program gets the nod

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Published: 10 Oct 2006

The Faculty of Law's Transsystemic Program has been selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Program in International Education Award by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

This prestigious professional award recognizes innovative programs in international education developed to meet long-term internationalization goals and needs and that offer best-practice models that can be transferred to other institutions.

McGill's Law Program is the result of a curricular reform initiative begun in 1995 that built upon a rich institutional experience in the teaching of law from a comparative and international perspective.

By emphasizing the integrated manner in which the common law and the civil law interact in legal education, the McGill transsystemic program sets aside the conventional fashion of teaching law, which depends mostly on the perspective of one or another national legal system.

The transsystemic program focuses on teaching multiple legal traditions to all law students. As such, it is particularly relevant to the international context that shapes the development of law not just for Canada but around the world.

The CBIE award recognizes how important it is to teach comparatively and internationally at McGill. It also underscores why the transsystemic program has been the object of intense interest from universities in Europe, the United States and beyond.

The award is to be presented on November 15 at the CBIE annual conference in Quebec City.

The CBIE is a non-governmental umbrella organization representing colleges, universities, schools, school boards, educational organizations and businesses across Canada.

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