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International law and comparative studies have become essential components of legal education. To provide clients with competitive service, a modern lawyer must reach beyond knowledge of American law, especially in the areas of commercial, corporate, tax and human rights law.
The Center for International and Comparative Law offers robust coursework in international and comparative law, exciting study and research opportunities outside of the U.S. and meaningful access to experienced and dedicated faculty.
Through its legal scholarship, educational programs, international opportunities and professional engagement, the Center has built and will continue to build alliances locally and internationally, enabling SLU LAW students to be prepared for transnational practice and to meet the needs of their clients in an increasingly global community.
International and Comparative Courses & Seminars
Students can earn a concentration in international and comparative law by completing a required course of study and specific co-curricular activities through the Center. Learn more >
Anthropology of Law (PL)>Civil Advocacy Clinic - Immigration Placement>Civil and Political Rights of Immigrants>Comparative Constitutional Law>Comparative Human Rights (PL)>Conflict of Laws>Creating Rule of Law in Eastern Europe: The Threat of Authoritarianism and Nationalism>Cross Border Litigation: Selected Topics (PL)>Doing Business in Emerging Markets (PL)>European Human Rights Law (PL)>Family and Fundamental Fights>Health, Law and Justice in Developing Countries (PL)>Health, Trade and National Security>Human Rights at Home Clinic>ICL- Designated Corporate Field Placements>Immigration Law>Immigration and Crime in the International Context>Information Privacy Law and the European Union>Intellectual Property in Crisis>International Business Transactions>International Law (PL)>International Refuge Law & Global Migration>International Taxation (PL)>International Trade Law>Introduction to Civil Law Systems (PL>National Security>Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition>Protection of Rights in New Democracies (PL)>Removal Defense Project: Sheltering Vulnerable Immigrant Families and Children>Seminar: Citizenship, Human Rights & Social Justice (PL)>Seminar: Corporate Social Responsibility>Seminar: Death Penalty>Seminar: International Intellectual Property Law (PL)>
The Center for International and Comparative Law offers a variety of opportunities for students during their time at SLU LAW.
You'll have access to international practitioners and numerous study abroad options, giving you the opportunity to explore diverse career paths within the field, including immigration law, international business law, international criminal law, and human rights law.
Professional Skills Competitions
Each year Center students compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In this competition, you'll brief and argue a hypothetical case on timely issues of international law before a moot International Court of Justice.
The International Law Students Association
The group International Law Students Association welcomes all members of the student body, and it sponsors a variety of social and academic activities.
Learn from world-renowned scholars
The Center is proud to host distinguished international academics, lawyers, judges, government officials and graduate law students engaged in legal research and professional development. While drawing on the Center’s resources, visiting scholars and international researchers contribute to the rich intellectual climate at SLU LAW.
Explore global issues with international academics
The Center for International and Comparative Law regularly hosts symposia and other programs that focus on relevant current issues in international and comparative law. This year's symposium seeks to map out the heterogeneity of misinformation and disinformation, and in particular its salience in the legal and regulatory space, as well as possible solutions to ongoing manifestations of mis/disinformation. Past symposia have explored internationalism and sovereignty and international taxation.
Codi Cox, ('21), studied in the Madrid program and then worked as an intern at an international law firm, says,
"The culture at the firm was very welcoming. I was one of six other interns, and it was nice working alongside them. Whenever I had a question or needed help understanding an assignment, they were always willing to help. Also, I was able to work on my Spanish."
Codi Cox, ('21), studied in the Madrid program and then worked as an intern at an international law firm says, "The culture at the firm was very welcoming. I was one of six other interns, and it was nice working alongside them. Whenever I had a question or needed help understanding an assignment, they were always willing to help. Also, I was able to work on my Spanish."
Real world international law experience
Following participation in the Summer Law Program in Madrid, Codi Cox gained valuable legal skills in Lima, Peru, working in Spanish and English on intellectual property matters as well as on warranties, contracts and lending deals.
A World of Opportunity Awaits
Internships that motivate
Law student Aaron Reynolds was a professional umpire before attending law school. He spent part of summer 2019 working in an international law firm handling legal matters for several teams and the MLB.
Aaron Reynolds, 3L, says, "It motivated me. It solidified that I do want to continue on the international path, it exposed me to sports law, and it has encouraged me to actually work to improve my Spanish, as it showed me the benefits of that in working toward an international practice."
Our Students’ Unique Experiences abroad
Summer associate for ECIJA DVMS, a leading law firm in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Legal intern at Berninzon & Benavides Abogados, located in Lima, Peru.
Legal intern at law firm Broseta Abogados in Madrid, Spain.
Intern with the aircraft manufacturer Airbus in Toulouse, France to further a career in aviation law.
Cutting-edge Faculty Research
In this podcast episode, Professor and Co-Director of the Center Monica Eppinger discusses internationalism, sovereignty and the evolving nature of our world.
Degree Programs for Foreign lawyers
Students who are qualified to practice law or who have completed their first degree in another country may earn a U.S. law degree by enrolling in one of two degree programs for foreign lawyers at SLU LAW. Learn more >
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Citizenship, Human Rights & Social Justice
In this seminar, you'll examine in global perspective how the legal framing of citizenship and human rights affects the attainment of social justice for minorities, immigrants and marginalized peoples. You'll engage constitutional law, case law, international declarations and scholarly research to probe in comparative perspective how nation-states have made social justice reachable or unattainable for its minority populations.
Creating Rule of Law in Eastern Europe: The Threat of Authoritarianism and Nationalism
In this course, you'll examine the major challenges facing the establishment of new democracies in eastern Europe based on the rule of law, with a special focus on certain areas, including the justice system, separation of powers and the protection of human rights in countries like Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Caucasus. You will better understand not only protection of individual rights in new European democracies, but also the administration of justice and European legal culture in a broader sense.
Climate Change and the Law
In this course, you'll be introduced to the basics of climate change regulation and litigation, as well as the institutional landscape surrounding climate change law(s). The course will enable you to advise clients on a variety of quickly developing areas, as well as to think strategically about issues that are likely to arise as climate change law begins to intersect with new fields. The course will also interrogate current approaches to climate change regulation from social justice and intergenerational responsibility perspectives.
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