IIEL event in Hotung lobby

Originally focused on trade, IIEL provides a fulcrum point for legal and policy discussions in international trade, fintech and financial regulation, sovereign debt, and international tax. We actively approach these fields as interrelated—and at times overlapping— policy spheres that impact how law is devised, practiced, and enforced. Housed at the Georgetown University Law Center, we offer the largest array of courses in international economic law in the country.

Through our longstanding connections with international institutions like the IMF, European Commission, World Bank, World Trade Organization (WTO), International Finance Corporation (IFC), foreign embassies, and U.S. regulatory agencies, we offer students, faculty, alumni, and friends the opportunity to routinely interact with top scholars, policymakers, practitioners, industry executives, and think tanks through colloquia, workshops, conferences, and events.


Founded in 1999 by the late Georgetown Law Professor John H. Jackson, and now directed by Agnes N. Williams Research Professor of Law Chris Brummer, our objective is to facilitate thoughtful and scholarly research and teaching, convene stakeholder meetings and conferences with public and private sector leaders, and offer Executive Education on a broad range of subjects that concern the law of international economic activity.

At the heart of our mission is a commitment to interdisciplinary, non-partisan analysis of the most cutting-edge legal challenges facing economic policymakers. We aim is to provide students, alumni, policymakers, and market participants with the foundation to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory landscape and with the skills and insight to Innovate, Engage, and Lead.

Read more about IIEL in our IIEL One-Pager or in our archival copy of our 2017 Annual Report.

 “In an era of global legal practice, Georgetown Law is recognized as a leader in transnational law. As the international commercial architecture evolves, IIEL is at the forefront of our work on the most -edge, complex and multidisciplinary issues.

Engagement with the Institute offers students, alumni and practitioners unparalleled opportunities to enhance their legal education and practice.”

William M. Treanor
Dean, Executive Vice President
Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair
Georgetown University Law Center