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The Program & Enrollment

The Intellectual Property Summer Institute provides intensive study in intellectual property and cyber law from an international perspective. Building on Michigan State University College of Law’s nationally recognized Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC), the Institute attracts leading scholars to teach courses in international copyright, patent, and computer-related law. The Institute offers a unique multicultural experience focused on attracting both American and Croatian students to explore the challenges of establishing new intellectual property (IP) regimes in integrating economies, such as Croatia’s.

Students will take classes in Opatija, a historic seaside town. While in Rijeka, students can enjoy the Hapsburg riviera of Opatija, the nearby mountain towns and vineyards of Istria, and the beautiful islands of Mali Losinj, Cres, and Krk. Venice and Slovenia are easy day trips. After classes, students will have the opportunity to take a five day excursion through Dalmatia, Zadar, Hvar and Split. The excursion's final stop will be in the walled port of Dubrovnik—a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, a city that has been untouched for centuries, nestled in an unparalleled natural setting between mountains and the sea. Croatia also offers a unique prism through which to study intellectual property and cyber law. As it recovers from its decade of conflict with other countries in the former Yugoslavia and as a new member to the European Union, the country faces the challenges of developing a modern intellectual property and cyber law regime. Croatian lawyers and legal scholars are interested in various models of IP governance and how to adopt them to their particular circumstances within an economy transitioning into full participation in Europe.

Courses will be open to American and Croatian students. All instruction will be in English. American students will learn firsthand from classmates what it is like to learn law in Croatia, exposing them to civil law traditions prevalent throughout Europe. The Institute offers a unique multicultural educational experience in one of the most interesting, beautiful, and historic places in Europe.


Anticipated Enrollment

The Institute aims to attract roughly fifteen (15) U.S. students and roughly the same number of European students. In its last year (2014), the Institute attracted just under 30 students from the United States, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Relationship with the University of Rijeka

The co-sponsor of the Program is the University of Rijeka, which supports the Program’s activities in Croatia.

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