Quick Info

  • London
  • Summer
  • : Partner Program
  • : Criminal Justice
  • : July 14, 2019 - August 10, 2019
  • : $5,095 In-State / $5,295 Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


 Frequently those sentenced for a crime they did not commit are victims of racial and ethnic institutional prejudice and negative assumptions. In this course, you will explore how diversity relates to wrongful conviction, explore other leading causes for unjust incarceration, and gain an understanding of best practices for identifications and the obtaining of confessions. You will also debate policy issues, draft basic case briefs, and present a Supreme Court oral argument. Site visits to London-based organizations engaged in work on behalf of the wrongfully accused, observations of trials, an exploration of the history of crime and punishment in the UK as well as small group exercises, group presentations, and training on memoranda writing and fact investigation and research are key aspects of the course structure.

 The notion of human rights has become central to global politics today. It is not a single subject but a broad field of poten-tial investigation: this intensive seminar provides a multi-disciplinary introduction to the topic, critically examining the poli-tics of human rights, their contentious nature and uneven global implementation. Throughout, the focus will be on practical issues and the contested politics of human rights in action through a range of topical case studies. Students will evaluate key debates about the politics and morality of human rights, analyze and explore the theoretical foundations of human rights concepts and topical issues relating to human rights from a variety of global, regional and local perspectives. The course critically examines the history and development of concepts of human rights and the philosophies underpinning them, as well as current frameworks of international human rights law and the relationship among current debates in hu-man rights, political power and social injustice. Topics to be covered will include human rights and international relations; humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect; postcolonial and feminist critiques of human rights; the intersec-tion of human rights with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class; the relationship between human and civil rights; women’s, children’s and indigenous peoples’ rights; and the practical implementation and enforcement of human rights..

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Course will be taught by local overseas faculty.

Professor Justin Brooks is the Director of California Innocence Project, the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, and California Western's LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law. Prior to coming to California, Professor Brooks practiced as a criminal defense attorney in Washington D.C., Michigan, and Illinois. Over the course of his career he has served as counsel on several high profile criminal cases and has been successful in exonerating wrongfully convicted clients. He has been recognized several times by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. In 2010, California Lawyer Magazine awarded him the prestigious "Lawyer of the Year" award.

Professor Brooks is a co-founder of California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law. The project is an in-house law school clinic that investigates and litigates cases of factual innocence while training law students to be ethical, justice-driven advocates. The project has been successful in exonerating many wrongfully convicted clients and has been recognized with several awards, as well as local, national, and international media attention.


You will live in a shared apartment with other CAPA students within a one-hour commute (a typical commute in London) from the CAPA London Center. Apartments are located throughout the city, enabling you to get to know the diverse neighborhoods. Each apartment is shared by four to six students. All apartments have one to three bedrooms, a kitchen, shared common living area, one to two bathrooms, weekly cleaning service, and Internet access. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,095 $5,295
Arrive in London Depart London
July 14, 2019 August 10, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Accommodation
  • Zones 1 and 2 London Underground pass for use on the tube, buses and city trains (subway). 
  • A full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath.

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee - $300
  • Airfare 
  • Personal Expenses and Meals

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

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Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!