International & Comparative Law
Georgetown Law is widely recognized as the best place in the world to study international law. Its broad array of courses and seminars in the areas of international and comparative law is the most comprehensive in the country. And these courses are taught by scholars who are leaders in their field, both in the scholarship they produce and in their experience in the field.
The international law faculty at Georgetown Law has expertise in areas such as treaty interpretation, human rights, the law of war, international environmental law, international trade and financial regulation, European Union law, and the rule of law in China.
The International Legal Studies LL.M. is one of the country’s largest graduate programs in international law, serving students who received their legal training outside the United States and who possess varied professional and personal experiences that add to an intellectual cultural diversity embraced at Georgetown Law.
The Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London offers students and faculty a unique opportunity to participate in a semester-long intensive program in international, comparative, and transnational law. A one-of-its-kind global partnership in legal education, CTLS brings together at its London campus students and faculty from 24 world-class law schools in five continents.
More than a conventional study abroad program, CTLS enables students to understand law within the context of different legal systems and different cultures to prepare for careers that extend beyond the borders of their home countries. The CTLS faculty engage in innovative research collaborations in transnational law and governance, and benefit from a knowledge exchange about legal systems, research methodologies, and jurisprudential perspectives.
Georgetown Law’s Global Law Scholars Program prepares students for international and transnational legal practice. Admitting only about 15-20 students each year, this competitive program combines language skills and cultural familiarity with rigorous and directed legal training to cultivate the skills needed to practice in the 21st century global legal environment. The Law Asia Institute advances scholarly communication between our faculty and students and their counterparts in East Asia, and its work has helped provide Chinese legal scholars better access to American jurisprudence.
Georgetown Law’s size and the expertise of the DC adjunct faculty provide for an international law curriculum that is both broad and deep. Interested J.D. students can begin their study of international law in the second semester of their first year. Advanced offerings in the area include courses in topics such as laws governing treaties, human rights, international environmental law, international trade, and comparative law, EU law, Japanese law, Chinese law, Korean law, Latin American law, and Middle Eastern law.
Students can apply international law in clinics such as the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, which has recently focused on women’s human rights issues in Africa, the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees seeking asylum or humanitarian protection in the United States, and the Harrison Institute, which has worked on how foreign investors use trade agreements to limit tobacco-control measures. The Georgetown Journal of International Law and Georgetown International Environmental Law Review provide opportunities for students to engage in scholarly work in the area.
- Allegra M. McLeod, Review Essay, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017). [HEIN] [W]
- Yvonne Tew, On the Uneven Road to Constitutional Redemption: The Malaysian Judiciary and Constitutional Politics, 25 Wash. Int'l L.J. 673-696 (2016). [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
- Carlos M. Vázquez & Catherine Powell, Introduction to Symposium on the International Legal Obligation to Criminalize Marital Rape, 109 Am. J. Int'l L. (Unbound) 187-188 (2016).
Faculty in the News
"Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel," coverage by The New York Times, March 7, 2018, quoting Professor Julie O'Sullivan. Also covered by Washington Times.
"Trump Administration Strikes Multiple Deportation Deals; What's in Them?," coverage by Voice of America, March 3, 2018, quoting Professor David Stewart.
"‘I don’t envy them’: Hope Hicks and other White House women struggle to defend Trump in the #MeToo era," coverage by The Washington Post, March 2, 2018, quoting Professor Rosa Brooks.Read more