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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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    Prof. John H. Knox of Wake Forest University School of Law spoke on the intersection of human rights and climate change at Lewis & Clark Law School in January 2017. Climate change has been called the greatest threat to human rights in the twenty-first century.  The rapidly warming climate is already contributing to floods in India, droughts in southern Africa, and typhoons in the Philippines, and is threatening to displace communities from the Arctic to the South Pacific. How can a human rights perspective help to combat its worst effects? The title of his talk, “The Implications of Human Rights Law for Addressing Climate Change”, addressed these issues. More >
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    Professor Erica Lyman, Staff Attorney for the International Environmental Law Project, continued to support the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) as a legal advisor to the Maldives, which currently serves as the Chair of AOSIS, at the climate change meeting held recently in Marrakech, Morocco. More >
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    Demi Jacques ’18 spent her summer working in India with the Human Rights Law Network More >
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    Professor Ozan Varol presented a lecture in Bogota, Columbia on temporary constitutions on May 12, 2016. 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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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.