IU in Thailand

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Meets some of the dozens of Indiana University faculty who have ties to the region.

Dozens of Indiana University faculty have ties to Thailand and the ASEAN region. These faculty are ambassadors of IU's global engagement, spreading the mission of Indiana University far and wide.

George Edwards

George Edwards, the C.M. Gray Professor of Law at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI, is also a visiting fellow at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law in Bangkok, Thailand.

Edwards first visited Thailand when he was a summer law associate at a Bangkok law firm following his first year of law school. He has returned to Thailand many times and came to Chulalongkorn during a sabbatical year from IUPUI.

"My coming to Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law as a visiting fellow is an indication that Indiana University is very serious about helping train students on international law topics, helping to prepare them for the global marketplace," Edwards said.

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Edwards speaks: At Indiana University, we pride ourselves on being very global-oriented. And our teaching involves things that happen inside the classroom as well as outside of the classroom.
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Edwards speaks: … very intensive tutorials with a very select group of Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law students. My experiences with the Chulalongkorn students …
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Edwards speaks: … and with the Indiana students are very similar in some ways. In both cases, we have high-quality students who are interested, …
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Edwards speaks: I believe that when students have an opportunity to work on real-life issues that involve real people, then the students gain …
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Edwards speaks: … in their training, they can become excellent practitioners.
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George E. Edwards, a professor at the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI, talks about teaching abroad.

He works closely with Chulalongkorn law students, conducting international law tutorials, supervising research, lecturing and participating in student-organized conferences and workshops. He has also mentored the school's public international moot court team, which earned a place in the global finals, taking the team to Washington, D.C., this spring.

"At Indiana University, we pride ourselves on being global-oriented," Edwards said. "And our teaching happens both inside and outside the classroom, offering students significant hands-on, practical international law experience."

One such hands-on training experience for IU and Chulalongkorn students involved working on a real extradition case pending in the Bangkok criminal court. The U.S. and Russia both sought extradition of a Russian citizen detained in Thailand, and students conducted legal research for the case. The students and Edwards consulted with the Thai law firm involved and met with representatives of the Thai Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. and Russian embassies, the media and court personnel.

Edwards has also included IU and Chulalongkorn students in his Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, work, researching fair trial issues in the U.S. military commissions. The students focus on rights and interests of not only the defendant detainees, but other stakeholders such as the prosecution, judges, victims and victims’ families and prison guards. Students travel to Guantanamo Bay, Fort Meade, Maryland, and the Pentagon for hearings.

"Indiana University has demonstrated its commitment to training students from the U.S. and from Thailand on issues that are very pressing, relevant and important to many people around the globe," Edwards said.

IU McKinney School of Law has had over 200 law student placements in over 65 countries, including Thailand and other ASEAN countries.

"I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the students, the faculty and staff at Chulalongkorn," Edwards said. "My work here complements work that my students and I have done in other ASEAN countries, and around the globe."

Anh Tran

As director of Vietnam Initiatives at IU, Anh Tran is working to develop public policy programs training leaders in Vietnam. In addition to being a professor at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington, Tran acts as an advisor to the prime minister of Vietnam. 

Suzanne Babich

As professor and associate dean of global health for the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Suzanne Babich is dedicated to leading and supporting change to improve the public's health on a global scale.

Babich's work to advance teaching, research and service recently took her to Thailand with a delegation from IUPUI to explore global health partnerships between IU and universities in Thailand.

As director of the doctoral program in global health leadership, Babich has experience with health practitioners from across the globe and creating competency-based curricula to support the changing health needs from various countries. Her work has taken her to Africa, Europe and now the ASEAN region.

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The work Sue Babich (second from left) has done to advance teaching, research and service recently took her to Thailand with a delegation from IUPUI to explore global health partnerships between IU and universities in Thailand. Photo provided by Sue Babich

"For our students, excellence and understanding of local public health requires an understanding of global health," Babich said. "That global perspective gives our students a level of awareness that empowers them to champion the needs of their local communities with an understanding of larger public health issues abroad."

Babich hopes IUPUI's excellence in international interdisciplicary education will create opportunities for students in Indiana and in Thailand to learn from each other on health-related issues. She recently met with leaders from three universities in Thailand -- Walailak University, Chulalongkorn and Mahidol University -- to explore programs and exchanges that could benefit public health students in both countries.

"In meeting with higher education partners in Thailand, we are able to create opportunities in science, technology, health and medical science and public health to better the practice of people-centered health in the U.S. and ASEAN regions," Babich said.