ABA Team Calls Summer Program in Croatia a “Jewel”
The ABA’s site evaluation team gave glowing reviews to the law school’s newest study abroad program, the Central and Eastern European Law Summer Program, based in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The report, submitted on behalf of the ABA site evaluation team by Lizbeth A. Moody, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor from Stetson University College of Law, stated the program is “an excellent example of what can be accomplished in a foreign summer program… [It] combines a rigorous academic regimen with a cultural exchange between Croatia and the United States… which is sure to provide benefits to the interests of both countries.” According to the report the program’s highlights include: “dedicated directors,” “superb faculty,” “evident enthusiasm of the students for the program,” and “ the support of two great universities” (i.e. Indiana University and the University of Zagreb). It concludes by characterizing the program as a “jewel easily recommended to future enrollees.”
The ABA team members were not the only distinguished visitors to our Croatia program this summer. Indiana University President Adam Herbert and his wife Karen visited the program in Dubrovnik on July 14 as part of the president’s alumni cruise to the Mediterranean (see photo above).
The program’s director is Professor Frank Emmert, Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and John S. Grimes Professor of Law. Emmert is the founder and managing editor of the European Journal of Law Reform (since 1997), and has taught at universities across Europe and the United States. He has also served as Dean of Concordia International University Estonia School of Law and Executive Director of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute. Prof. Emmert is fluent in German and English, conversant in French and Italian, and speaks some Spanish and Estonian. His publications include more than 10 books and 40 articles in the areas of European Union, international and comparative law.
Professor Jennifer Drobac, Associate Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow, was a visiting director of the program in 2005. Her paternal grandparents were born in Croatia and she still has family there. Drobac says, "I considered it a huge honor to represent my country and my family in this American-Croatian collaboration and I know my grandparents, neither of whom could afford to attend college, would have been so proud and thrilled by our efforts." A trustee of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drobac has written on family law, professional responsibility, and sexual harassment law.
Visit the web site for more information about the Central and Eastern European Law Summer Program: http://www.indylaw.indiana.edu/programs/easteurope/