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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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    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. More >
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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. More >
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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). More >
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    Professor Varol presented a talk on stealth authoritarian practices in Turkey at a conference on Transitional Justice and Hybrid Regimes in Turkey and the Middle East, hosted at Cornell Law School.. He argued that the Turkish government has been relying on a set of stealth mechanisms of authoritarian control, which are more difficult to detect and eliminate than traditional mechanisms of authoritarianism. Among his co-panelists was the Hon. Sezgin Tanrikulu, a member of the Turkish Parliament. The event brought together scholars and practitioners from all over the world, including the President of the International Criminal Court, Sang-Hyun Song, who delivered the keynote address.

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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.