The Program


The Center for International Legal Studies, in cooperation with law faculties in Eastern Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union, will offer short-term appointments to as many as 100 senior lawyers from Common Law countries in spring and autumn 2018.


A “senior lawyer” has accumulated at least 15 years of significant practice experience in the area in which he or she proposes to lecture. The term of teaching may be from two to six weeks and the length of appointment and dates of teaching are subject to negotiation between the appointee and the host university. The subject areas are not limited, but there is special interest in corporate and business law, intellectual property, litigation, arbitration, and criminal procedure.


The purpose of the seminars will be to introduce particular areas of Common Law legal systems to the law students and the junior faculty of the host university. These faculty appointments are not remunerated, and the appointee is responsible for his or her travel. The host university will assist with lodging. Completion of a distance-learning component is mandatory prior to assumption of the appointment. Pre-appointment interviews also are mandatory and will be conducted via Skype video conference.


Since 2005, more than 800 teaching assignments have been completed by the program’s visiting professors in Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, and Ukraine. All teaching appointments are made through CILS Benefactors, a 501(c)3 corporation registered as a Colorado charity. Thus, reasonable expenses associated with the assignment are tax deductible.