International Cultural Heritage Law Course at University of Geneva

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With the University of Miami’s continuing restrictions on travel during the pandemic, the Law School will not be offering this course in 2021. We expect to resume teaching the class, in Geneva, in 2022. NOTE: The University of Geneva will be offering the course in 2021, and interested students should apply directly to the University of Geneva.

The University of Miami School of Law offers a course in International Cultural Heritage Law in cooperation with the Art Law Centre of the University of Geneva .  The course, conducted in English, is available to students at the University of Miami School of Law and other ABA-accredited law schools only by application.  University of Miami Law's Stephen K. Urice, Professor of Law and Director of the Arts Law Track of Miami Law's LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Asports Law, oversees and evaluates students from U.M. and other ABA-accredited law schools. 

2021 Dates

June 21 - July 2, 2021

Romney ManassaMy summer school at Geneva was among the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my seven years of secondary education. Not only were the courses and lectures engaging, but I had the opportunity to meet students from all over the world while exploring the hidden gem of Geneva. The program is a wonderful opportunity to broaden one’s horizons both academically and intellectually."
Romney Manassa, Class of 2020
Commenting on experience in International Cultural Heritage Law Summer Program in 2019

Course Information:  Cultural Property and Heritage Law develops students' awareness and general understanding of the primary legal issues of international cultural property and art law: the trade in cultural goods, the restitution of stolen/looted art and antiquities, the protection of cultural property and built heritage from natural and human-induced disasters and during armed conflict, and others. Additionally, the course will explore cultural property law’s complex relationship with fields such as public and private international law, human rights law, intellectual property law, and alternative dispute resolution. Students enrolled in the course for credit will be required to complete a research project or to sit for an examination, at the discretion of the professor.  Grading will be based on the quality of the project or performance on the examination and on other considerations such as attendance and participation in class discussion. The course may be taken pass/fail.

Professors: Course instruction is provided by Professor Stephen K. Urice; faculty of the Art Law Centre, including Professor Marc-André Renold who holds the UNESCO Chair in International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Alessandro Chechi; experts from other institutions; and distinguished practitioners. Professor Urice oversees and evaluates students from Miami Law and other ABA-accredited law schools. 

Schedule: Classes are held on weekdays and are scheduled for mornings and some afternoons.  Students should plan on at least one weekend day for a field trip outside Geneva. See draft course schedule 

Campus of University of GenevaAbout the University of Geneva

The University of Geneva, founded in 1559, is known as one of the finest universities in the world, attracting students from Switzerland and countries around the world. The Faculty of Law (the Law School) of the University of Geneva is located on the left bank of the river Rhone, just a 10-minute walk from the historic city center. The Faculty of Law hosts several research centers, including the Art Law Centre, whose goal is to promote and coordinate research on current questions of cultural property and art law. The Centre is often requested to render legal opinions; it regularly organizes symposia and seminars in which internationally renowned academics and specialists of the art world participate; and offers courses not only to law students but also to students in related fields such as art history.  Its students come from Switzerland and abroad.

About Geneva: Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city and the most international city in Europe with over 40% of its population coming from outside Switzerland. The main industries are banking, inter- and non-governmental organizations, technology, and tourism. Geneva prides itself for culture and proximity to the Alps for outdoor enthusiasts. Switzerland has three official languages - French, German and Italian - with French as the predominant language spoken in Geneva, but most citizens speak at least one other language. 

Student Eligibility

Students seeking ABA-approved credits may apply for enrollment as provided below. Enrollment is limited and is by application only.

UM Law Students

  • This course is open for application to UM Law students enrolled in the J.D., the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M., or the combined EASL J.D./LL.M. programs.  Students must have completed at least one year of their J.D. program and be in good standing to enroll in this course. Rising 2Ls in good standing may apply for enrollment.
  • UM Law students will be given early registration consideration. 

Students from other ABA-Accredited Law Schools

  • Students from other ABA-accredited law schools must be in good standing and have completed at least one year of a J.D. program to enroll in this course.  Rising 2Ls in good standing may apply for enrollment.
  • Students from other ABA-accredited law schools accepted into the course must then register as a visiting student for the summer semester.
  • Visiting students who complete the course with a passing grade will receive 3 credits from the University of Miami School of Law.  Transferring those credits to a visiting student’s J.D. program depends on the requirements of the student’s law school.


Tuition for this 3-credit course for UM and non-UM law students for 2022 has not yet been established but is based on the current per credit UM Law tuition rate. Students accepted into the course must make a non-refundable deposit of $500 within 7 days of their acceptance.  The deposit will be applied to the course tuition. The remainder of the tuition is due May 15th.    

Other Expenses and Arrangements: The course tuition does NOT include expenses related to attending the course such as travel, housing, food, visas, etc.  Additionally, all arrangements related to attending the course are the sole responsibility of each student.  Neither UM Law nor the University of Geneva can provide assistance with such matters as visa issues or travel arrangements.  The University of Geneva provides information on housing for summer school students in Geneva but does not make those arrangements. Tuition is not refundable to students who fail to make and pay for their travel, accommodation, and other arrangements.

For More Information

·        For questions related to eligibility, application, or other administrative matters, contact Antoinette (Toni) Nelson at (305) 284-4277 or
·        For questions related to academic issues, contact Professor Stephen Urice at (305) 284-3643 or
·        For questions related to transferring of UM Law credits to another ABA Law school, contact Greg Levy, Associate Dean Law Academic & Student Services and Strategic Initiatives; Director, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M, at (305) 284-6087.