McGeorge School of Law

Sims Teaches Foreign Relations Law in Russia

August 3, 2011

Professor John Sims

Professor John Sims

Professor John Sims taught this summer at the 17th Annual St. Petersburg Summer Law Institute in Russia.

Sims taught Foreign Relations Law, one of six courses offered in the program, which is co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas School of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. The institute is part of a multi-faceted relationship between the three U.S. law schools, the St. Petersburg State University Law Faculty and the Novgorod State University Law Faculty. Sixteen students from American law schools, including two from McGeorge, and more than a dozen Russian students were in Sims' two-week (June 29 to July 8) class.

It was the second time that Sims had taught in St. Petersburg since McGeorge became a program co-sponsor in 2005. Professors Linda Carter, Michael Malloy, Paul Paton, John Sprankling and Professor Emeritus Claude Rohwer have also served on the institute faculty.

St. Petersburg State University, founded in 1724, is among Russia's most prestigious universities. The Law Department is one of its oldest colleges and numbers among its graduates many famous lawyers and political leaders including Dmitry Medvedev, the president of Russia, and Vladimir Putin, the current prime minister and former president.