Countries and Research Topics

Northwestern Law students started conducting ITP research in 1999. Since that time, we have researched on six continents, in more than 40 countries and averaged participation of 100-125 students each year. ITP has produced well over 200 research papers on various legal issues. The countries and topics researched are listed below.

If students and their interviewees have granted us permission to publish their research findings, a pdf of the paper's abstract can be found at the link below. Please contact for a copy of the full paper.





2019 (Faculty Advisor: Mary Foster)

  • Argentina (1983-2019): The Evolution Of A Modern Legal System Since The Return of Democracy (Abstract)
  • Argentina's Volatile Economy
  • It's Not Corruption; It's Business with Government: Soccer as a Tool for Political Capital in Argentina (Abstract)
  • A Shift in Argentina's Immigration Policy: A Human Rights Perspective on Argentina's Executive Changes to the Migratory Decree (Abstract)
  • Women's Rights in Argentina (Abstract)

ITP courses were previously offered to Argentina in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, and 2006.

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2019 (Faculty Advisor: Dana Hill)

  • Catalyzing Reform: Aboriginal Australian Land Rights, Mass Incarceration, and Educational Opportunity in the Context of Constitutional Recognition
  • A Comparative Look at Animal Law in Australia and the United States
  • Offshore Detention: The Complex Legal and Ethical Challenges of Australia's Controversial Approach to An Asylum Seeker Crisis (Abstract)
  • This Land is Mine Land

ITP courses were previously offered to Australia in 2013 and 2006.

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2020 (Faculty Advisor: Chris Martin)

  • The Brazilian Experience through a Gendered Lens: An Analysis of the Impact of Gender in Various Spheres
  • Brazil's Legal Structures for Implementing International and Domestic Environmental Commitments
  • Corruption and Correction: Operating, Advising, and Investing in Brazil
  • Indigenous Rights & Ecological Impact
  • Treating the Symptom Not the Cause: A Look at the Issues of and Responses to Crime and Violence in Brazil's Favelas

ITP courses were previously offered to Brazil in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2003.

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2020 (Faculty Advisor: Sarah Reis)

  • Ahead Together: Looking Back on Greece's Financial Crisis and Ahead at its Economic Possibilities
  • An Evaluation of Greek Healthcare Law: Past & Present
  • Refugees and Asylum: The Issue in Greece

ITP courses were previously offered to Greece in 2013 and 2007.

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2019 (Faculty Advisor: Andrea Lewis)

  • Iceland Economy and the Global Recession
  • The Saga of Icelandic Environmental Protection (Abstract)
  • "We Hide Behind Feminisim" Successes and Struggles in Feminist Icelandic Law

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2020 (Faculty Advisor: Shannon P. Bartlett)

  • Candidacy, Corruption, and COVID-19: The Business and Legal Implications of Hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • An Elusive Goal: Gender Equality in Japan
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement in Japan
  • Interrogating Japan's 99% Conviction Rate: What does this number mean for justice in Japan?
  • Japan 2020 Olympics: Human Rights and International Relations

2015 (Faculty Advisor: Sam Tenenbaum)

  • Anti-Discrimination Law in Japan
  • Common People? International Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Japan
  • Cross-Border M & A: U. S. and Japan
  • Japan’s Changing Defense Policy: Political, Legal, and Economic Implications
  • Japan’s new Corporate Governance Code: Necessary? Effective? (Abstract)
  • Organized Crime: Competing Culture Views of the Yakuza

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2018 (Faculty Advisor: Sam Tenenbaum)

  • Mexican Prison Reforms: Rights Guarantees or Parchment Guarantees? (Paper)

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2019 (Faculty Advisor: Jesse Bowman)

  • Al Mousawa Men Bara Ash Kh Barak Men L Dakhel: Beaautiful Outside, but what's wrong with inside? Examining the Effects of Morocco's Suppression of its Citizens' Right to Free Expression
  • Anti-Terrorism Efforts in Morocco: Strengths and Weaknesses of Morocco's CVE Strategy
  • No Longer "Minors for Life"? The Reality of Moudawana Reform in Morocco and a Comparison to Family Law in Illinois (Abstract)
  • The Struggle To Live as a "Good Muslim" and Achieve Gender Equality: Exploring the Hakkaoui Law and What the Law Means for the Women of Morocco
  • Weapons of Mass Corruption: Widespread Bribery in the Moroccan Public Sphere and its Impact on Moroccan Society

ITP courses were previously offered to Morocco in 2013, 2009, and 2005.

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2020 (Faculty Advisor: Clare Willis)

  • From Communism to PiS: Erosion of the Rule of Law in Poland
  • (Pis)sing the Courts Away: How PiS Destroyed Polish Rule of Law
  • Poland's Vibrant Business Economy: A Multifaceted Exploration of a Burgeoning Nation (Abstract)
  • No Women No Kraj: A Comparison Between American and Polish Abortion Law

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South Africa

2019 (Faculty Advisor: Dana Hill)

  • Apartheid in South Africa and its Impact on Water and Land Reform (Abstract)
  • Effectiveness of Laws on Health Discrimination in Youth Employment: A Comparative Study in South Africa and China (Abstract)
  • Foreign Direct Investment in South Africa: An Analysis and Critique of the Legal Framework for Foreign Investment in South Africa
  • What Went Wrong? The Right to a Basic Education in South Africa
  • White Collar Crime: A South African Epidemic

ITP courses were previously offered to South Africa in 2014, 2012, 2009, and 2006.

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2019 (Faculty Advisor: Wendy Muchman)

  • Chocolate Law (Abstract)
  • Data Privacy
  • A Law in Flux -- The Impact of New International Agreements and Domestic Law on Swiss Asylum Practitioners
  • Switzerland, Banking Privacy, and the Blockchain Revolution

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2018 (Faculty Advisor: Chris Martin)

  • Education in Tanzania
  • Government Corruption in Tanzania
  • Tanzanian Tipping Point: Foreign Direct Investment in the Tanzanian Energy Sector
  • A United Response to a Threat to Civic Space: The Legal and Community Response to Restrictions on Free Speech and Access to Information in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

ITP courses were previously offered to Tanzania in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2001, 2000, and 1999.

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We have also offered ITP courses for the following countries:

  • Bhutan: 2012, 2010
  • Botwswana and Namibia: 2004
  • Cambodia: 2007
  • Chile: 2013, 2007
  • China: 2005
  • Costa Rica: 2010
  • Cuba: 2013, 2010
  • Ecuador: 2007
  • Egypt: 2009, 2007
  • Ethiopia: 2013, 2008
  • Greenland and Iceland: 2012
  • India: 2012, 2008, 2004
  • Indonesia and Malaysia: 2011
  • Italy: 2005
  • Malawi: 2002
  • The Netherlands: 2005
  • New Zealand: 2008
  • Panama: 2005
  • Russia:2010, 2006, 2003
  • Singapore: 2000
  • Thailand: 2013, 2008, 2005
  • Turkey: 2006
  • Uganda: 2003
  • United Arab Emirates: 2011
  • Vietnam: 2013, 2008





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