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Global Law

In an increasingly global economy, lawyers in the United States routinely encounter transactions, disputes and other matters that have an international component and present special challenges.  The mission of Lewis & Clark’s Global Law Program is to give students the foundation of knowledge and skills they need to excel when they encounter these challenges. The Law School provides a broad and deep global law curriculum, a focus on practical skills, and engagement with the legal and academic community on international issues.

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    Bob Klonoff, Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law, has authored an article on why class actions have not gained traction outside the US, which he will be presenting in late May in Istanbul at the Congress of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL).  The IAPL is an organization of distinguished civil procedure professors from around the world. More >
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    President Obama recently visited Portland to promote two major free trade and investment agreements that his administration is currently negotiating with a large number of foreign countries: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In connection with that visit, KATU news reporter Katherine Kisiel asked Professor Foster to outline the arguments for and against these agreements and to identify their potential impacts. She also asked him to break down certain draft legislation co-sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, which is designed to facilitate the negotiation of these agreements and their approval by Congress. Excerpts from that interview aired shortly before a speech by President Obama at Nike’s world headquarters, as part of KATU’s coverage of the event. More >
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    Professor Ozan Varol participated in a panel discussion on Constitutional Stickiness at the Younger Comparativists Committee Fourth Annual Global Conference. More >
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    On April 21, Lewis & Clark Law School and the American Society of International Law’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group hosted a panel discussion and webinar on the topic of Realizing International Indigenous Rights in Domestic LawMore >
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    On April 2, Peter Olson, former Director of Legal Affairs at NATO and Assistant Legal Adviser at the State Department, gave a talk at Lewis & Clark. More >
Opportunities in Global Law at Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark offers a multitude of classes on a wide variety of global law topics.  We offer a Certificate in Global Law for students who desire a structured curricular framework for studies in this area.  

Lewis & Clark regularly hosts distinguished visitors with expertise in different areas of global law, who share their viewpoints and experiences in formal and informal settings on campus. These events are often organized in association with Lewis & Clark’s International Law Society, a student organization dedicated to international law issues.

Lewis & Clark students have significant opportunities to study or work abroad during their time at the Law School.  Lewis & Clark partners with several foreign law schools at which students can spend a semester on exchange. Students can also receive academic credit for ABA-accredited study abroad programs, or for their participation in an international externship at a law firm, NGO, or other organization.

Students at Lewis & Clark can also develop practical skills through experiential learning with international component here in the United States.  These opportunities include joining the law school’s Jessup International Moot Court team, participating in our International Environmental Law Project, and undertaking a domestic externship with an organization doing international work.

We also hold a writing competition each year, sponsored by the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, to recognize excellence in student scholarship on international topics.

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    A paper submitted by Philip Thoennes ’15 received Honorable Mention in the American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparatists Committee’s Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law Competition.
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    Professor George Foster and Chris Helmer ’74 presented to a group of Oregon lawyers about how to handle some of the most common issues that arise in international civil litigation in the United States.
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    The present and the previous U.N. Special Rapporteurs on slavery have both responded to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Workshop report on slavery in Mauritania, A Roadmap to Where? The report, published in November 2014, condemned the inadequacy of Mauritania’s plans to combat slavery in the country, still ranked worst in the world by the Global Slavery Index, and criticized the previous Special Rapporteur for her complacency over Mauritania’s inadequate measures to give effect to her comprehensive recommendations.
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    Applications are being accepted for Summer 2015 Global Law Arranged Externships in India & China.
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    Lewis & Clark’s International Environmental Law Project (IELP) has been hired as a partner organization to conduct a comprehensive review of Malawi’s wildlife legislation and to make recommendations for amendment to ensure that the legislation reflects current international standards for wildlife legislation.  IELP will evaluate the legislation using criteria agreed by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and using the new Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit produced by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).