Substance, Skills and Field Trips Converge in Costa Rica Program

Published: October 16th, 2006

Category: News

Students interested in environmental law, international and comparative law, and law and policy in the Americas should consider the UF Law Costa Rica program.

The six-week summer program at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose is unique in the extent to which substance, skills and field work are integrated into a cross-cultural classroom that includes students from law schools throughout the United States and Latin America.Costa Rica Program

In 2006 the program offered international and comparative environmental law, international environmental justice, environmental dispute resolution and the UF Law Conservation Clinic. These courses came together as students addressed the indigenous right to property in the Americas, the international and comparative law of sea turtle conservation, and the law of transboundary rivers.

Related field trips included a two-day white water rafting trip along a river through indigenous territory threatened by a dam; navigating the Rio San Juan, the boundary river between Costa Rica and Nicaragua that is the subject of a case before the International Court of Justice; and working side by side with sea turtle researchers at the Tortuguero biological station on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, at noon in Holland 359. Students can also visit the program website at and contact the program’s director, Legal Skills Professor Tom Ankersen at or 273-0835.