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November 4, 2009

UT Law partners with University of St. Gallen’s Executive Master of Business Law Program; Texas Lt. Governor is featured speaker at judicial luncheon

The University of Texas School of Law will once again host the Information Technology Law and Energy Law module for the University of St. Gallen’s Executive Master of European and International Business Law M.B.L.-HSG program this week, November 2–6, 2009. Since 2001, UT Law has participated in this program, which holds a strong position in the landscape of executive law studies in Europe.

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is this year’s featured speaker at the program’s annual judicial luncheon on Thursday, November 5, in the Law School’s Sheffield Room. Dewhurst will talk about Texas’ energy industry and related issues. The luncheon is hosted by the Law School, the M.B.L. program and Luniece Obst Schless and her husband, Austin attorney and M.B.L. faculty member Mike Schless.

This year, thirty-eight students are enrolled and will travel to nine locations around the world including Austin, Texas, to study business and law over an eighteen-month period. The students, who are legal practitioners, managers and engineers from numerous countries, will also study modules taught at New York University (international taxation), Shanghai (law and business in China), Tokyo (intellectual property and international trade law), Vienna (competition law), Frankfurt (mergers and acquisitions), Vaduz (finance), and Luxembourg (procedure).

UT Law professor John Dzienkowski is the Austin director of this one-week program and will teach several classes in energy law. Dr. Dirk Buschle, legal counsel of the Vienna-based Energy Community Secretariat, the surveillance authority established under the Energy Community Treaty of 2005, will teach a class on European energy law.

A complete list of the program’s agenda including speakers can be viewed on the 2009 Austin Program page.

The University of Texas at Austin and St. Gallen began this program with the efforts of then UT Law Dean Bill Powers, currently the president of UT-Austin, and M.B.L. Executive Director Carl Baudenbacher. UT Law Dean Larry Sager has continued the cooperation.

Judge Baudenbacher, currently the president of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court in Luxembourg, is a frequent visiting professor at UT Law. He and Philipp Speitler, deputy director of the St. Gallen program, are both participating in this week’s program.

“We are honored to be part of this international exchange that educates over thirty-five students each year about international IT law and energy law,” Dzienkowski said.

Related link:

University St. Gallen Executive M.B.L.-HSG

Program contact:

Professor John Dzienkowski, UT Law, 512-232-1367, .

Media contact:

Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or