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Brazil: Comparative Brazilian Law
Manaus, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Vitoria, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Law Best Fit Majors: Law
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 3 Faculty Leader: Alison Peck, Jena Martin
Program Description:


Brazil: Comparative Brazilian Law
Brazil law

This program aims to introduce WVU law students to Brazilian legal and political institutions that affect sustainability issues, as well as to provide them with a substantive comparison between U.S. and Brazilian law.  Particular emphasis will be paid to the interplay between international legal systems and national law in the substantive areas of environmental, energy and  human rights.  The various locations for the summer session provide excellent settings for this program.  Our trip through the Amazon will be the perfect setting for students to understand the full impact of environmental policies on the environment in Brazil.  Our visit with the University of Vila Velha (UVV) in Vitória provides additional opportunities for educational instruction in a reputable academic setting.


City: Manaus

Country: Brazil

Population: 1.793 million

Information: Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, on the banks of the Negro River in northern Brazil, is a major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. East of the city, the dark Negro River runs side by side with the brown, muddy Solimões River in a phenomenon called the Meeting of the Waters, which converge to form the Amazon River.

Places of Interest:
Meeting of Waters
Amazon Theatre

City: Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

Population: 6.32million

Information: Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado and Sugarloaf, a granite monolith with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba, is considered the world’s largest.

Places of Interest:
Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain

City: Vitoria

Country: Brazil

Population: 211,529

Information: Vitória, spelled Victória until the 1940s, is the capital of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. It is located on a small island within a bay where a few rivers meet the sea. It was founded in 1551.



LAW 603 - Comparative Brazilian Law - 3 credits


Jena Martin, Alison Peck, Elaine Wilson


Program Cost $4,900
Cost Includes:
WVU course credits
Round trip Airfare from Miami
Programmatic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
Students are responsible for meals and airfare to and from Miami

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

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