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International 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 International 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 international law curriculum, a focus on practical skills, and engagement with the legal and academic community on international issues.

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    In a new analysis, Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities: An Assessment of the Environmental Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Professor Chris Wold, Director of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project, concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) distributed his analysis to members of Congress, calling it a “thorough and thoughtful report”. More >
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    Professor George K. Foster presented as part of a panel on “Sleeper” Foreign Officials and Other Counter-Intuitive Theories of Liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Lewis & Clark International Law Symposium: Managing Corruption Risks in International Business. More >
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    The law school’s Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Workshop has completed an examination of claims by the people of the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. More >
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    Philip Berkowitz ’78, a shareholder in Littler’s New York office and U.S. co-chair of the firm’s International Employment Law Practice Group, has been named vice chair of the Discrimination and Equality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). A leading authority in labor and employment law globally, Berkowitz will serve as the committee’s vice chair through Dec. 31, 2017. More >
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Opportunities in International Law at Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark offers a multitude of classes on a wide variety of international law topics.  We offer a Certificate in International 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 international 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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