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.
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.
Professor Ozan Varol participated in a panel discussion on Constitutional Stickiness at the Younger Comparativists Committee Fourth Annual Global Conference.
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.
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.
Professor George Foster and Chris Helmer ’74 present on international law issues in domestic litigationProfessor 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.
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.