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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.

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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    By special invitation of the Vice President of the Court, Professor Ozan Varol taught a class in July 2015 at the Constitutional Court of Georgia in Batumi, Republic of Georgia, on models of judicial review.
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    Professor Erica Lyman is in Cuenca, Ecuador teaching a two week Legal Practicum on International Environmental Law issues with 9 Lewis & Clark law students. This two-week intensive field placement is exploring international environmental legal and policy themes through the lens of environmental issues in Ecuador.
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    Associate Professor Ozan Varol was interviewed on BBC World on May 17, 2015 about his law review article, “Are There Democratic Coups?”
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    2013 graduate Shayna Rogers’s article “Sexual Violence or Rape as a Constituent Act of Genocide: Lessons from the Ad Hoc Tribunals and a Prescription for the International Criminal Court” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming volume of the George Washington International Law Review.
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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 presented 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.


October 16th, 2015

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    The 23rd annual Animal Law Conference, which is now sold out, will feature cutting-edge global animal law issues including protecting animals in their native countries; international marine mammal challenges; animal testing outside the US; factory farming worldwide; animals in constitutions; litigation and legislation updates; and much more.

October 22nd, 2015