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Spring 2019

Course Description
The geographical focus of this Spring 2019 course will be Valle de Cauca Department, in southwestern Colombia and is organized in collaboration with the Law Program at the Pontíficia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in Cali. Seminars, discussions, and field trips will examine the strategic development of Colombian ports (particularly the Colombia´s principal Pacific port of Buenaventura); port structure, management, and institutionality; and environmental and social issues related to port development and expansion. The course will also use the Uramba Bahía Málaga National Natural Park (Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga) as a case study to examine park management and conflict resolution. Course participants will also examine the Colombian Peace Accords and their environmental implications. The course will meet weekly throughout the semester in Miami to discuss background readings and develop research field projects that participants will carry out during a Spring Break trip to various course travel sites in Valle de Cauca Department, Colombia. Upon return to the University of Miami, the class will prepare manuscripts and presentations based on the field data that course participants have collected during the trip.

Course Meetings – Wednesday evenings throughout the Spring Semester from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. on the Coral Gables Campus.

Travel Dates – Spring Break, March 2019

Comprehensive Course Fee – approximately $500 (exact amount will be determined in the Fall 2018). The fee includes room and board in Cali, Colombia; transportation for local field trips; park entry fees, and course materials.

Student Expenses – Students are responsable for arranging their travel from Miami to Cali, Colombia.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-16-2019 - 04-23-2019   W  6:25 PM-8:50 PM TBD

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: None. However, some proficiency in the Spanish language will be preferred.
Method of Evaluation: Research paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
Co-Listed Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: If you are interested in this course, please contact Daniel Suman ( as soon as possible. The course is limited to 12-­-15 persons. Meeting in Dooly Memorial 204
Law Track(s):
Environment & Natural Resources - Specialized
International & Comparative Law - Related
Real Property - Related
Social Justice - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Environmental Law (Area of Focus)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-361-4685
Office: x54685