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Global Initiatives Lead to London

October 21, 2008 – London is home to a Hoya invasion this month with the city hosting two new Georgetown ventures -- an international center for legal studies and the London City Alliance.

The Law Center will hold the inaugural celebration for the Center for Transnational Legal Studies on Oct. 28. The London gathering features Baroness Brenda Hale, the first woman to serve on Britain’s highest court, as the keynote speaker.

Headed by Georgetown, the new center is a cooperative of faculty and students from 10 nations and five continents to study international, transnational and comparative law.

Students began classes at the center in September. They are drawn from Free University of Berlin, University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, King’s College London, University of Melbourne in Australia, National University of Singapore, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, University of Toronto and the University of Torino in Italy.

Each school sends faculty and students to the center, where students earn credits toward graduation from their home universities. Law Center professors David Cole and Nina Pillard are leading the academic development for the center’s first year.

“The center offers an opportunity to engage with the entire range of legal issues presented by globalization,” Cole said. “Law is increasingly a discipline that must cross national boundaries, and the center is a truly transnational approach to the study of these cutting edge issues.”

Georgetown’s other new venture in London aims to bring together Hoyas who now live abroad. The London City Alliance is modeled after a handful of alliances already established at the university – the Latin American Alliance [link to:], the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance and the Wall Street Alliance. All allow alumni opportunities for mentoring, networking and support in their respective areas.

The London group will hold a separate opening celebration also on Oct. 28.

As part of the event, President John J. DeGioia will lead a panel discussion titled “London: The World’s Global Financial Capital and The Role Georgetown Should Play.”

London was natural choice for the newest alliance because the city has established itself as a mecca for global business, said John Wooters, director of the Wall Street Alliance, which focuses on the Hoya network within the financial sector.

“It really is the financial capital of the world and where business is done today,” he said. “More people are in and out of London for business than anywhere else in the world.”

With 700 alumni living in the area, the city also holds the largest international alumni base and is a prime travel destination for Hoyas throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. All Georgetown alumni, family and friends in the area and around the world are welcome to join and benefit from mentoring, networking and creating closer ties with the university.


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