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      Commonwealth Law Dean Embraces Global Learning

      Law Dean Christian Johnson Pursues Teaching and Learning Opportunities Around the Globe

      A Globe-Trotting Dean

      Commonwealth Law Dean Christian Johnson visits the Central Bank of Ireland last year while in the country to lecture.

      You could call him a globe-trotter.

      He's been a guest lecturer at a dozen foreign universities, advised in six countries at international development banks and has been a lecturer in London Law Consortium and the University of Melbourne.

      And, his passport shows that this only scratches the surface of Commonwealth Law Dean Christian Johnson's travels.

      Johnson has regularly traveled since 2006, teaching about his specialty area of derivatives and capital markets.

      "My goal when I go to different places is to provide information that will be useful to the people," Johnson said. "Often, I am meeting and advising people who are in charge of making plans that are developing a country's infrastructure, including hospitals, water supply systems and transportation grids."

      Dean Johnson

      Catching the Travel Bug

      Commonwealth Law Dean Christian Johnson takes one of his earliest trips outside of the country to Ecuador, where he participated in a mission trip.

      But, he added that his travels serve a dual purpose. While he enjoys teaching about the actions of the Federal Reserve and United States legal system, he also enjoys learning about the legal systems of other countries.

      "Other countries have a great curiosity about how the Federal Reserve operates and about the regulatory process in the United States," he said. "During my visits, I look for the opportunity to learn as well, so I can take back information to my students and colleagues about foreign legal systems that could help them in their own careers."

      With experiential learning being a cornerstone of the legal work at Widener Law Commonwealth, Johnson makes it a point to share what he learns abroad with his students.

      "I think passing that knowledge on is key in ensuring that they receive a well-rounded legal education," he said.

      Dean Johnson found his love for travel when he went to Ecuador on a mission trip for his church when he was in his 20's. He often travels with his wife, Cori.


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