Fountaine receives Fulbright IEA France grant

Southern Illinois University



Fountaine receives Fulbright IEA France grant

August 26, 2015

${image-alt} Dean Cynthia L. Fountaine

Dean Cynthia Fountaine will travel to France later this fall as one of 12 U.S. higher education administrators who were selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) program.

The Fulbright IEA France program is designed to help U.S. senior-level university administrators (deans, provosts, vice-presidents, and presidents) create connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems in France.

“SIU School of Law has strong connections in Germany and the United Kingdom, so France is a natural place to expand our connections in Europe,” Fountaine said. “I want to develop connections with French law schools to facilitate faculty collaboration in research and teaching as well as possible student exchanges and study abroad opportunities.”

She also hopes that a deeper understanding of the French system of legal education will inform her thinking about ways to improve legal education at SIU and in the United States.

“In a time of dramatic change in American legal education, I think that it is important for law deans to be knowledgeable about the strengths and challenges faced by other countries’ legal education systems.”

In 2009-10, before beginning work as the dean of the SIU School of Law, Fountaine participated as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. That experience, along with the connections she established there, inspired her to collaborate with other SIU Law faculty members to create a “Legal Globalization: Germany” course at SIU.  

That course has now been offered five times and served as the model for Legal Globalization courses in Australia, Cuba, South Africa and Botswana, and Japan. 

Fountaine also led a group of legal and medical professionals to Germany in 2014 for a continuing education program, “Nuremberg’s Legacy: Law, Medicine, and Ethics.”

Participants in the upcoming program in France will visit institutions in Rennes, Paris, and Strasbourg. The program includes briefings, campus visits, appointments with selected government officials, networking and cultural activities and meetings with French international education professionals.

Following the program, Fountaine is planning to visit the European Union Court of Human Rights and other legal institutions in France. She hopes to make connections there that will allow her to expand her current Legal Globalization course to include the study of France’s role in the development of the EU and international courts.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is a program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.