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International Law

What is International Law?

Our International Law curriculum covers several different areas of the law that have international, transnational, or foreign law elements:

Public International Law governs the structure and conduct of sovereign states and analogous entities.  Courses in this area cover the recognition of states, self-determination, human rights law, international criminal law, the use of force, and the international commons.

International Business Law includes international and domestic law governing commercial transactions between parties from different countries.  Courses in this area cover international sales of goods, trade law, import and export regulation, distributorships and franchising, foreign investment, international intellectual property law, and corporate social responsibility.

International Dispute Resolution concerns methods for resolving disputes between parties from different countries, and the legal frameworks governing those methods.  Courses in this area cover international civil litigation in U.S. courts, international arbitration, mediation, negotiation, and conflicts of law.

International Environmental Law involves international treaties, principles, and other norms to protect natural resources and the environment.  Courses in this area cover pollution prevention, international trade in wildlife and hazardous wastes, protection of biological diversity, ozone depletion, and climate change.

Comparative Law is the study of similarities and differences between the domestic laws of two or more countries.  Courses in this area may focus on particular countries or regions, on substantive areas such as criminal, commercial, environmental or constitutional law, or on both.