Zanzibar Study Abroad

Zanzibar Study Abroad

Zanzibar Program Information

December 20, 2015 - January 5, 2016

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015


The Zanzibar Study Abroad Law Program offers an ABA-approved course focusing on the twin problems of modern day slavery and human trafficking, and an optional ABA-approved course on African Customary Law, both taught by distinguished international law faculty.

An estimated 36 million people toil under bondage-like conditions around the world, and six hundred thousand to two million people are trafficked across international borders annually, even though slavery is now declared to be illegal in every nation in the world. Human trafficking has become the second largest source of profits for organized crime, generating billions of dollars in revenue each year. The United Nations, regional organizations of governments, national governments, municipalities, and many non-governmental organizations have joined together to create juridical, diplomatic, economic, military, and jurisprudential solutions designed to combat this world-wide problem. These efforts have given rise to new and exciting paradigm-shifting opportunities to put international and comparative law in service for the betterment of humanity.

Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of this important and rapidly developing area of international law and to gain that knowledge in one of the places where modern globalized attitudes toward the slave trade and trafficking began. The beautiful idyllic island of Zanzibar offers students a rich and exciting academic and cultural environment while also offering the opportunity to explore the island’s extraordinary history, sights and beaches. There is no other opportunity of this kind offered by any other American law school.