June 30 – July 31, 2015

English Legal Institutions Seminar (2 units)

Tutorials – Extensive Subjects Available (3 units)

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Mix & Match: The Oxford program starts later in the summer to allow students to enroll in other courses such as The Hague, or Vienna for up to an additional 4 units before Oxford begins.

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Oxford buildingSeminar on English Legal System (2 units) 

The program requires a seminar on the English legal and legal educational system. The seminar will meet on five different occasions at times to be arranged. The discussions are led by English barristers and judges. One meeting consists of a tour of the Royal Courts in London, a conversation with a distinguished jurist, and a visit to Gray’s Inn in London, one of the four Inns of Court. At letter grade will be assigned.

Tutorials (3 units)

Students select to study with a tutorial faculty member  (see below for selection), who is an expert in their field. Tutorial courses usually consist of meeting once a week with a professor. Each week includes a reading list and an essay topic assigned by the tutor. Tutorials typically take place at the College or in the tutor’s “rooms.” In these tutorial sessions the student discusses and defends before the tutor an essay the student has prepared, based on extensive readings assigned by the tutor. Students usually research and prepare their essays at Bodleian Library. Letter grade assigned. Application deadline for classes is March 23, 2015.

Tutorial Faculty

Professor Susan Lamb is a Professor, Vice Dean and Executive Director of the Centre for International Criminal Justice and International Humanitarian Law at the Jindal Global Law School in India. Prior to joining the JGLS, she had a 17 year career with various United Nations responses to atrocity crimes, serving as a Senior Legal Officer for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as Chef de Cabinet forthe United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania and in various capacities for the the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.  She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and undertook doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford in the mid 1990s as a Rhodes Scholar. She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

International Criminal Law: The course traces the historical origins of international criminal law and its sources, and its development through the jurisprudence and practice of various international criminal tribunals, from Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The course introduces students to the nature of the principal international crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), as well as forms of criminal participation and individual criminal responsibility.

Transitional Justice: This course explores various types of justice initiatives available to societies emerging from armed conflict or authoritarian regimes, seeking to redress historic injustices or to achieve national reconciliation. It studies responses such as truth and reconciliation commissions, commissions of enquiry, initiatives aimed at memorialization, and critically examines the supposed tension between peace and justice It also examines mechanisms designed to ensure that the impact and legacy of international criminal tribunals extend beyond the relatively few cases these tribunals can themselves adjudicate and the extent to which these can instead to inspire local justice responses or contribute to the reinvigoration of national justice systems affected by armed conflict or suffering from other systemic weaknesses.

Professor Laurence Lustgarten is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. He was a Professor Law at the University of Southampton and Warwick Law School, Queen’s University.
Professor Paolo Cavaliere holds a PhD in International Law and Economics (Bocconi University, Italy); LL.M. in Public Law (UCL); Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Law (University of Pavia, Italy). Dr. Cavaliere is a lecturer in Digital Media & IT Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Cavaliere was a researcher at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policies of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford, where he has also helped to coordinate the Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

Comparative Media Law will be co-taught by Professor Lustgarten (3 tutorial sessions) and Professor Cavaliere (2 tutorial sessions). This course will explore topics in the exploding area of media law and policy throughout the world. It does not count towards Santa Clara’s High Tech Certificate, but does count toward Santa Clara’s International High Tech Certificate.

Professor Roger J. Smith is a member of the Oxford faculty of law and a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He received his B.A. from Cambridge, and his M.A. from both Cambridge and Oxford. He has been a lecturer in law at Birmingham University, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Melbourne. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Real Property, Torts, Trust, Company Law, and Taxation.

Comparative Property Law: The course will explore similarities and differences between the law of real property in England and that of the U.S. 
Comparative Tort Law: This course will explore similarities and differences between the tort law of England and that of the U.S.

Professor Reuven (Ruvi) Zeigler  is a lecturer in law at the University of Reading, Editor-in -Chief of the Refugee LAW Initiative’s Working Paper Series at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). He is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute and participates in the “Constitutional Principles and Their Implementation” project there. In addition he is a frequent contributor to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog and other legal blogs. Professor Ziegler, as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, was affiliated with the Immigration and Refugee Clinic and its Human Rights program.

Law of Armed Conflict: This module examines a range of topics within this major area of international law, including the rules as to how warfare is to be conducted, the displacement of persons during armed conflict, and the legal protections for injured or captured combatants and civilians.
International Refugee Law: This module explores a major area of public international law that regulates an exception to the principles of state sovereignty and migration control. It offers a critical understanding of the international regime of refugee protection by highlighting its virtues and shortcomings.

Professor Josephine van Zeben studied law at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard University.  Her work is interdisciplinary, having postgraduate qualifications in law and economics and law and political theory.  An important part of her work focuses on climate change mitigation efforts within the European Union, specifically through market-based regulation.  At Oxford, she is a fellow of Worcester College where she teaches EU law, Constitutional law and Administrative law.  She is also a visiting lecturer at the ETH Zurich where she teaches Environmental law and policy to scientists.

Environmental Law: The course will introduce the legal, economic and social context of environmental regulation.  No prior knowledge of U.S. environmental law is required, although students with past experience are welcome.  During the course, we will discuss: General theoretical approaches to environmental law, the structure of environmental law within the European Union – highlighting differences and similarities with the United States when relevant; and, a case study of the issue of fuel poverty that illustrates the intersection of environmental, economic and social problems on which environmental law functions.

Professor Chaloka Beyani currently teaches International Law and Human Rights at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is a member of both the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and the Centre for Climate Change at LSE. He is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. Dr. Beyani has served as a member of the official Committee of Experts that drafted the Constitution of Kenya.

International Law: The International Law tutorial reviews the sources and essential principles of international law, including the pacific settlement of disputes. It will also focus on the responsibility of the state in international law issues.
Human Rights and International Law: This tutorial will focus on defining the concept of human rights – their origin and the place of human rights in international law. It will also introduce students to the role of treaties in securing and protecting human rights.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and it is applied to the tuition charge

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for  financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information)


Magdalen College makes its facilities available to students wishing to live in college housing. The accommodations at Magdalen are the same as those occupied by Oxford students during the regular term, and residence in the College is subject to the same rules that govern regular Oxford students residing in Magdalen. Included within Magdalen’s grounds are not only gardens, pastoral walks along the river, but also lawn and hard court tennis venues. The standard of rooms varies considerably with the age of the building. Some rooms are within the College compound, while others may be in Magdalen’s facilities near the College. Occasionally, students occupy the rooms of illustrious alumni of the College, such as Oscar Wilde. While the rooms may vary in size and general quality, all are the same price.

The College reserves the right to change rooms during the program. Some bath and washing facilities are shared (dormitory style), but no bedrooms are shared. Sharing of rooms, except by partners who have requested a double, is not allowed. Bed linen and towels are provided. Adapters for electrical equipment are required. Children may not reside in the college. The privilege of residing in historic rooms at Magdalen College, with access to College and University facilities, imposes an obligation to respect the traditions and norms of the institution. Living in College, as would an English student, is an enriching part of the educational/cultural experience, but can present challenges to Americans who may be unfamiliar with those traditions. Students will be fully briefed, and will be expected to comply with those standards of conduct. As the full Oxford experience can be gained only by living and dining in College, students are encouraged to live in College, but are free to make alternative arrangements.

2014 Housing Fee Charges (2015 rates to be confirmed in March)
Single, standard rooms: $2,634 (U.S.), includes breakfast and lunch daily, Monday – Friday
Doubles are available for students who bring partners only.  A limited number of superior rooms with en suite bathrooms may be available. The charge for such rooms varies. Information on availability and price will be supplied on inquiry.

Included in the lodging, at no additional charge, are breakfast and lunch, Monday – Friday. These meals are served in the historic, 15th century grand dining hall of Magdalen College (long tables, coat of arms, etc.). In addition, a formal reception and dinner are held in the college to mark the end of the program.

Exploring The Area

OxfordOne might spend the afternoon reading in Christ Church Meadow, where Alice took her nap before entering Wonderland. Or you may rent a punt at Magdalen edge and drift up and down the river enjoying a picnic gathered at the Open Market. A taxi, 30 minute bike ride, or a one hour walk can take you to the ruined abbey where King Henry II visited (or kept) his mistress. You may continue your outing and take refreshments at the famous riverside Trout Inn. In the evening attend one of the numerous concerts or outdoor theatricals, or you can simply watch the sun setting over the pink Oxford spires from the hill where Charles II trained his troops during the English Civil War.

Many historic sites outside Oxford are easily accessible from the college thanks to excellent bus and rail service. The beautiful Cotswolds are a 30-minute train trip from Oxford. Blenheim Castle is a short bus ride or an afternoon cycle ride away. Historic Abington can be reached from Oxford via a leisurely boat ride down the Thames. In fact, London – one of the truly great cities of the world and the cultural, political, and financial center of Britain – is only an hour away by train and only 90 minutes by bus (which stops at the entrance to the College). Oxford and London offer students a cornucopia of opportunities for discovery and entertainment. A refuge for scholars and adventurers alike, Oxford is an experience to cherish for a lifetime.

The town of Oxford has been a glittering center of English life and learning for almost 1,000 years. Students have ample opportunity to browse among its many historical buildings and treasures. Some of the more than 30 colleges date from the 12th and 13th centuries and include beautiful gardens and examples of medieval architecture. Magdalen College is located on 50 acres of beautiful grounds bordering the River Cherwell. This college, which dates back to 1458 (Magdalen’s student pub is in a 13th century building predating the College), includes architectural examples spanning seven centuries, as well as exquisite English gardens and the famous deer preserve. Because of its beauty, it is not uncommon for films to be shot in the College (Shadowlands is an example). Though located near the center of town, Magdalen offers true respite and grandeur to students and faculty alike.

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Travel Information

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US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Traveling with Disabilities in the UK
Additional Information About Traveling With Disabilities


Summer 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Courses:  5.0 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“The overall program was exceptional and an extraordinary opportunity.” Matt S., SCU (2012)

“Excellent program – tutors were wonderful… Santa Clara’s faculty Directors went out of their way to make it enjoyable. Thank you!” [Anonymous] University of Calgary (2011)

“The most amazing experience of my life both academically and in regards to future career.” [Anonymous] SCU (2011)

“After researching all seven ABA approved law programs at Oxford, it became clear to me that the Santa Clara program was the best. The most striking aspect of the program is the fact that actual Oxford professors are used, rather than simply importing domestic professors from the home university. . . As a non-Santa Clara student I was immediately welcomed . . . we all bonded within the first few days. The Santa Clara program is one of the few programs that can boast the ability to grant its students access to the famous Bodleian Library, and even the more exclusive law library at All Souls College. From start to finish, the Santa Clara program is first class all the way and well worth the investment.” James Cleavenger, Eugene, OR (2006)

“My first year at law school was intimidating. I died at the thought of attending a professor’s office hours to ask for help. I just couldn’t get over the fear that my questions were irrelevant or elementary – stupid even. I needed a way to get over my fears, so I enrolled in the Summer Abroad Program at Oxford, hoping the experience would help me gain the confidence to better interact with my professors and peers. Knowing the tutorial program would force me to have one-on-one time with a professor once a week meant I had to jump in head first and discuss the subject matter that initially intimidated me. Once I met with Professor Roger Smith, my fears were something of the past. I became engaged in conversations about my courses, so much so that our regular hour and a half sessions started to run past the time requirement. The process gave me opportunities to address my concerns or to voice questions I couldn’t find the confidence to verbalize before. The Summer Abroad Program at Oxford helped me open up and realize the confidence I needed to get the most out of my educational and professional experiences; it was an learning experience that I carry with me throughout my studies, as an intern and in life.” Michael Avramidis, Santa Clara (2008)

“The experience was truly amazing! The one-on-one tutorial method was intense. The program was a lifetime event for me.” Mike Percy, SCU (2005)

Contact Us

Oxford Program Director: Professor Gary Neustadter
The Center for Global Law & Policy

Enrollment Limit: 38