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Lausanne, Switzerland

June 8 - June 19, 2015

This summer you have the opportunity to study abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, a breathtakingly beautiful city and intellectual center—and home to the International Olympics Committee.

Delaware Law students have been traveling to Switzerland for an exciting summer study program since 1991. A  more user-friendly location and academic host, the venerable University of Lausanne, combined with a shorter program format allows students time to pursue a number of options such as; travel after the completion of coursework; a second program of study in our Venice summer program; or (3) summer work or other activities back home.

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Europe at Your Fingertips

Arguably Switzerland’s most beautiful city, Lausanne boasts views of the Alps and of Lake Geneva and is less than an hour’s train ride to Geneva. Geneva, Switzerland, is a destination point for educational and recreational pursuits and is perfectly situated for travel throughout Europe.

Known for international law, policy, and diplomacy, Geneva has a reputation as a cosmopolitan city that welcomes people from all over the world. It is home to numerous international organizations, such as the International Red Cross, World Health Organization, and World Trade Organization, and it was home to the former League of Nations (1920 - 1946).


In collaboration with the faculty of law and criminal justice at the University of Lausanne, this study abroad program typically offers three one credit courses; Delaware Law students may earn as many as six credits. (Please note that course offerings may vary from year to year.) Students may enroll in courses for the two-week period and then have the option of enrolling in our Venice program offered from June 22 to July 13, 2015.

Further Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Download the student manual or stay up-to-date on the details about the Lausanne Study Abroad Program through The West Education Network and your Westlaw homepage. Please also browse housing or course materials <UPDATE LINK>for appropriate information. If you have a specific question, check our FAQ<UPDATE LINK> but if you can’t find an answer, then please do contact us. <UPDATE LINK>

Additional Disclosures
  • General study abroad information and disclosures <UPDATE LINK> (including information on costs and travel warnings)
  • Class location: Internef Building, Room 252, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. See a campus map. Wi-Fi and library access are provided.
  • Cost: See tuition and fees. <UPDATE LINK>
  • Anticipated Enrollment: 15
  • Widener Student Participation in 2014: 13
  • Student participation from Other Schools in 2014: 0
Participation of foreign students

Delaware Law Summer Study Abroad programs are open to students from other countries who are enrolled in the final year(s) of an LLB program or who are LLM students with a law degree. While few foreign students apply directly to the program, University of Lausanne students often participate in one or more of the courses. Generally no more than five or six foreign students participate in a given year.

Credit acceptance

Acceptance of any course credit or grade is subject to determination by the student's home school. Students should consult with their home school registrar for more information.


The Director is Professor Alan E. Garfield. Professor Garfield can be reached at 302-477-2140; Michael Raya, LLM Academic Coordinator, University of Lausanne, is the contact at the University of Lausanne.

Michael Raya
LLM Academic Coordinator
email: Michael Raya <UPDATE LINK>

Université de Lausanne
Faculté de Lausanne
Bâtiment Internef, Bureau 206
Tél: 0041 21 692 27 87
Fax: 0041 21 692 27 85


Switzerland is bordered by France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and tiny Liechtenstein. The central location of Lausanne, Switzerland, puts most great cities and regions of Europe within easy traveling distance:  Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Brussels, Munich and Innsbruck are easy weekend trips. Adventuresome students can reach Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, or Barcelona in a day (or night) by train.

Switzerland itself has four official languages and corresponding cultures: French, German, Italian, and Romansch. Each Swiss region is easily accessible.


Download the 2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Course Schedule (PDF)  updated 02/06/16
Requirements for Student Performance & Grading (PDF)

International & Comparative Copyright Law (Garfield) (1 credit) <UPDATE LINK>

This course will examine how the United States and foreign countries protect creative works of authorship including books, movies, music, video games, artwork, and software. Students will learn how American works are protected in foreign countries and how foreign works are protected in the United States. They will study the leading treaties governing international copyright relations and explore how countries in different parts of the world are responding to the challenges posed by Internet piracy. Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of American copyright law.

(Schedule: 6/8 to 6/19 – 12:00 – 1:10 pm)

International Investment Law (Ziegler) (1 credit) <UPDATE LINK>

An introduction to the legal concepts underlying international investment in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) or International Investment Agreements (ITAs) and modern preferential trade agreements (NAFTA, TTIP etc.). The course will also look at the work of international bodies like the OECD and UNCTAD and familiarize students with concepts such as compensation for unlawful expropriation and investor-State arbitration, incl. the procedures of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC. The course includes an excursion of Geneva. and its international organizations.

(Schedule: 6/8 to 6/12 - 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.)

Law and Practice of the World Trade Organization (Hahn) (1 credit) <UPDATE LINK>

International economic law is a rapidly developing area of international law concerned principally with international trade, investment, finance, mergers & acquisitions and banking. This course will provide a theoretical and practical understanding of the regulatory framework of the international trading system; particular attention will be paid to the case-law by the WTO Appellate Body which has taken up the place of a World Trade Court, shaping not just the obligations between WTO members but influencing heavily NAFTA and EU law. The course begins by providing a general understanding of international trade law and the international legal system, allowing you to place international economic relations in context.

(Schedule: 6/8 to 6/12 – 9:15 – 11:45 am)

Also, take a look at the 2015 Lausanne-Venice Options document to help plan your course schedule.

Lausanne Program Abroad Faculty

Alan Garfield is a Professor of at Widener University School of Law and the Director of the 2010 Venice Summer Law Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, and his Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the Widener faculty, Professor Garfield worked for three years in the litigation department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City. Professor Garfield writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Copyright, and Contracts. He was the recipient of the Widener University Delaware Campus 2004 Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2006 Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award.

Michael J. Hahn is a Professor and holder of the Chair of European Law at University of Lausanne, where he also served as Director of the LL.M. Programme in International and European Economic and Commercial Law. He has also taught at universities in Germany, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. He earned academic degrees at Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt a.M, including his first law degree, an LL.M. at the University of Michigan Law School, and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Heidelberg.

Andreas Roland Ziegler, J.D., Ph.D. teaches International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Lausanne. He also serves Head of the Service for International and European Economic Law at the Swiss Federal Office for Foreign Economic Relations, and has served as Senior Officer, Secretariat of the European Free Trade Association, and Legal Advisor at the Office of the General Prosecutor of the Swiss Military Justice, among other positions. He is Of Counsel with Froriep & Renggli, Attorneys-at-Law, Lausanne/ Geneva/ Zurich, and Blum Attorneys-at-Law, Zurich. Professor Ziegler has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Munich, Yeditepe University (Istanbul), Bocconi University (Milan) and Jordan Institute for Diplomacy (Amman), among other institutions. Professor Ziegler holds joint degrees in Law and International Relations from the University Of St. Gallen Switzerland.


Students are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements.  University of Lausanne housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may also find housing independently through the student accommodation services of the University of Lausanne or through private realtors. When exploring housing options, be sure to ascertain the distance from your prospective residence and your campus location, as this could affect your time and finances. Class locations can vary from year to year. To learn the exact location of classes, check with the program director as soon as you enroll.

Apartments allow a group of friends to live and cook together. If you take an apartment, you can fit as many people into it as the landlord will allow, likely lessening your portion of the rent; however, the overall expense of utilities will be higher (so turn on your hot water heater only when you are about to shower or wash dishes).  Also, its typical to pay extra for a thorough apartment cleaning when you leave.  Be sure to check your lease for extra costs.

Many realtors have websites that include apartment listings in a range of sizes and prices.

Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker Hostel

This is a family, eco-friendly hostel, ideally located in the very heart of Lausanne with affordable overnight accommodations. The hostel overlooks Lake Geneva and is only a short walk from the Lausanne train station CFF.

All bars, restaurants, night entertainment, shops, art galleries, and museums are within walking distance, including the world renown Olympic Museum, which is only a 20-minute walk or five-minute bus ride. Lake Geneva shore and boat trips are only a 15-minute walk.

Quadruple dorms offer bathrooms on the same floor and double/single rooms come with or without private bathrooms.

Amenities include free Wi-Fi, kitchen, garden with BBQ, and laundry as well as a free pass for all public transport in Lausanne.

  • Wi-Fi in room and lobby
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Towels
  • Security lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Guest kitchen
  • Key card access
  • Common room
  • Bike parking
  • BBQ area
  • Breakfast Not Included
Youth Hostel Lausanne – Hostel

The Lausanne Youth Hostel (YH), with its simple, pleasant, welcoming atmosphere, lies in a parkland and lakeside setting. Hospitality generally suits the requirements of both individual travelers and groups. The Lausanne YH welcomes visitors of all ages. Prices are budget-friendly. Parking spaces are available outside the hostel and in the car park so visitors won't have any problem parking.

  • 58 single or double rooms with TV/shower/WC
  • 51 casual rooms for 1 to 4 persons with shower/WC on each floor
  • 6 rooms for group escorts
  • 312 beds in all
  • Breakfast buffet included--half- and full-board available
  • Restaurant for 160 + persons
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Internet access  (Wi-Fi in lobby)
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Linen included
  • Bar
  • Luggage storage
  • Telephone/fax
  • 24-hour reception
  • Key card access
  • Free car park
Small Hotels

It may be possible to book a double room in a small hotel for the duration of the study program. This will be more expensive than an apartment, but it is a useful option for those who plan only a brief stay. Delaware Law cannot vouch for either the quality or final prices of such hotels.

Useful housing sites are listed below:

Air Transportation

You may find discounted round-trip fares on Student airfares should be available for approximately $1,800 round trip. Travel to Geneva/Lausanne requires a US passport. Passports can be obtained from US passport agencies and at post offices. Visit the Office of Passport Services for specific information about passports:

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“This was definitely one the best experiences I've had in my schooling career. The courses and professors were very interesting. Experiencing a different culture was great and the traveling was very educational and eye opening. ”

-Lausanne Summer Abroad Student


Michael Raya
LLM Academic Coordinator
email: Michael Raya

Université de Lausanne
Faculté de Lausanne
Bâtiment Internef, Bureau 206
Tél: 0041 21 692 27 87
Fax: 0041 21 692 27 85