The Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) is the focal point for the study of international economic law at Georgetown Law and one of the leading centers for international economic law and policy in the world.
IIEL provides a fulcrum point for legal and policy discussions in international trade, international financial regulation, international monetary affairs, transnational business and international tax.
Founded in 1999 by the late University Professor John H. Jackson, and now directed by Agnes N. Williams Research Professor of Law Chris Brummer, the IIEL’s objective is to facilitate thoughtful and scholarly research and teaching, convene stakeholder meetings and conferences bringing together public and private sector leaders, and offer Executive Education on a broad range of subjects that concern the law of international economic activity. Originally focused on trade, the Institute’s portfolio has grown to include leading capabilities and international renown in a range of areas including investment and arbitration, financial regulation, tax, business and monetary law. The Institute actively approaches these fields as interrelated and at times overlapping policy spheres that impact how law is devised, practiced and enforced.
Housed at Georgetown Law, with the largest array of courses in international economic law in the country, IIEL offers students, faculty, alumni and friends the opportunity to routinely interact with top scholars, policymakers, law firms, and think tanks. As part of a top research university, IIEL strives to make available unparalleled opportunities for learning and study based on its location in the heart of Washington DC, and longstanding connections with international institutions and organizations like the IMF, European Union, World Bank, WTO, IFC, and U.S. regulatory agencies and foreign embassies.
The Institute routinely hosts colloquia, conferences and events with leading scholars and policymakers, and regularly invites faculty from other universities, distinguished practitioners from the private and public sectors, opinion-leaders and high level regulators and policymakers to participate in the life of the Institute. IIEL also enables visiting scholars and students at Georgetown Law to engage more deeply with contemporary issues in international economic law.