International Economic Law

Washington, DC is a hub for international economic law and regulation, and many Georgetown Law faculty write and work in the area. Areas of faculty expertise include international finance and trade, international tax, international business transactions, sovereign debt and crisis management, and international arbitration. Students interested in these areas of law also have easy access to Washington, DC’s many career-building opportunities. Through externships and internships, students gain practical experience at international bodies, institutes, and nonprofit organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank.   

The Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) advances research in all aspects of international economic law, including trade, financial regulation, monetary policy, investment law, and international taxation. The Institute fosters scholarly collaboration among our large international economic law faculty, attracts visiting scholars and distinguished practitioners to participate in events and projects, and enables students to engage with a diverse mix of experts in contemporary issues in international economic law. 

Since 2006, the Institute’s Academy of WTO Law & Policy has provided an intensive one-week professional development program for those seeking advanced knowledge of WTO law. The IIEL Fellows Program affords students another unique opportunity to engage with visiting researchers and faculty in weekly forums on timely issues in international economic law. 

The International Business and Economic Law (IBEL) LL.M. degree allows students to design their own program from more than 70 courses to fulfill their interests in cross-border business activities and their related national and international regulatory regimes. Like Georgetown Law’s LL.M. program as a whole, the IBEL program attracts students from around the world, making it a center not only for learning, but also for cross-boundary conversations.

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Chris Brummer Profile
Chris Brummer
Lilian Faulhaber Profile
Lilian Faulhaber
Anna Gelpern Profile
Anna Gelpern
Itai Grinberg Profile
Itai Grinberg
David Stewart Profile
David Stewart
Robert Thompson Profile
Robert Thompson
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Bankruptcy Seminar: Advanced Business Reorganizations and International Insolvency Law

International Business Transactions

International Project Finance and Investment

Taxation in the European Union Seminar

U.S. Taxation of Domestic Persons With Activities Outside of the U.S.


  • Anna Gelpern, W. Mark C. Weidemaier & Mitu Gulati, When Governments Write Contracts: Policy and Expertise in Sovereign Debt Markets, in Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets 92-117 (Grégoire Mallard & Jérôme Sgard eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Anna Gelpern, Financial Services, in Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Assessment 171-184 (Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs & Jeffrey J. Schott eds., Wash., D.C.: Peterson Institute for International Economics 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Anna Gelpern, Ben Heller & Brad Setser, Count the Limbs: Designing Robust Aggregation Clauses in Sovereign Bonds, in Too Little, Too Late: The Quest to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises 109-143 (Martin Guzman, José Antonio Ocampo & Joseph E. Stiglitz eds., New York: Columbia University Press 2016).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
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Faculty in the News

"Deswegen lehnt die deutsche Wirtschaft die Internetsteuer ab," by the Frankfurter Allgemeine, April 16, 2018, quoting Professor Itai Grinberg.

"Official Immunity Under the Rome Statute: The Path From Principle to Practice Is Seldom Straight," an opinion piece by Professor from Practice David P. Stewart, appearing in Just Security, April 10, 2018.

Congressional testimony on Bitcoin and ICOs, a C-SPAN broadcast, March 14, 2018, featuring testimony by Professor Chris Brummer.

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Institute of International Economic Law




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