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Legal Globalization: Australia

Professor Dervan and students

In this course, taught by Professor Lucian Dervan, students study international white collar crime and the phenomenon of globalization and its impact on cultures and legal systems. For this class, Professor Dervan uses Australia as a case study. Students spend several weeks in class at SIU learning about Australia’s history, legal systems, and culture, and then travel to Sydney, Australia to continue their studies.  Thus far, the course has been offered in 2012 and 2015.  It is anticipated that it will be offered again in the future.

During the 2013 Sydney visit, students met with members of U.S. Law Enforcement at the U.S. Consulate, including members of the FBI, Secret Service, IRS Investigative Branch, and Force Protection Detachment. They also met with individuals at Ernst & Young and Baker & McKenzie to learn about the global white collar criminal defense practice. Finally, along with lectures and networking opportunities, the students participated in various cultural events, including a 5K charity fun-run, museum tours, a harbor tour, a tour of the Blue Mountains, and a farewell barbeque at Bondi Beach.

During the 2015 Sydney visit, students also visited the Supreme Court of New South Wales to learn about the court and observe several criminal appellate arguments. Students also had the opportunity to participate in a farewell dinner hosted by Australian Aboriginal elders.  During the farewell dinner, students engaged in a traditional welcome ceremony and learned about Australian Aboriginal history.  During their discussion with the Australian Aboriginal elders over dinner, the students learned about traditional Aboriginal laws and procedures and about the Aboriginal civil rights movement in Australian.

Student Blog - 2013 

Student Blog - 2015