From 2018 to 2020, UC Hastings administered a subcontract from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We advised on the pros and cons of establishing an LLM program at one Uzbek law school, conducted a legal clinic assessment of two law school legal clinics, prepared curricula and conducted training of trainers (TOT) on clinical education, and delivered remote TOT courses on the common law legal system and on legislative drafting. Professors Linh Spencer and Yvonne Troya carried out the curricular and assessment work in Uzbekistan, while Professor Jessica Vapnek and Helga Turku JD ’12 delivered TOT courses to law professors and prosecutors by Zoom during the pandemic.
With the formal establishment of the International Development Law Center in July 2022, UC Hastings now has a permanent home for international grant activities. The mission of the Center is to share international development expertise while providing research and learning opportunities for UC Hastings students, professors, and graduates.
The Center seeks and implements international projects in a variety of subject areas, including food and agriculture, sustainable development, and legal education. Established with the explicit objective of collaborating across disciplines and cultures, the Center pursues links with other academic and research organizations, increasing the law school’s global footprint while generating international contacts and opportunities for the UC Hastings community.
Past and ongoing projects have benefited from funding by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH), Pacific Community (SPC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US State Department.
Recognizing that law is a key tool to tackle the world’s problems, the International Development Law Center seeks to inspire and provide concrete opportunities for the next generation of international development practitioners.