LL.M. in International & Comparative Law

Director: Susan Karamanian

Faculty Advisers: F. Bignami, K. Brown, T. Buergenthal, S. Charnovitz, D. Clarke, L. Dickinson, D. Fontana, S. Murphy, D. Shelton, J.A. Spanogle, R. Steinhard, E. Swaine

The International and Comparative Law Program offers one of the most extensive international law curricula in the country. More than 60 courses focus on a wide range of issues in both public and private aspects of the field as well as the domestic law of other countries. Complementing and enriching the program is the Oxford-GW International Human Rights Program, held in Oxford each summer.

The Law School also offers students the opportunity to study current topics in European and international economic law or intellectual property law in its programs in Germany:

Augsburg-GW Student Exchange Program

Munich Intellectual Property Law Summer Program

International and Comparative Law Curriculum

Courses on international human rights, law of international organizations, international commercial law, public international law, and comparative law are focal points of the program. The curriculum is continually updated to keep pace with developments in these fields. Complementing the full-time faculty is a corps of distinguished adjunct faculty members who offer seminars in their fields of specialization. The wealth of available legal talent in the Washington area is an important component of the dynamic character of the program.

A minimum of 12 credits from the following courses is required,* including 2 credits graded on the basis of a research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses are required.

  • International Taxation (6312)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • International Environmental Law (6454)
  • International Climate Change Law (6455)
  • International Copyright Law (6473)
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission (6489)
  • International and Comparative Patent Law (6490)
  • International Intellectual Property (6491)
  • Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • The International Competition Law Regime (6523)
  • International Commercial Law (6524)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Litigation (6528)
  • International Organizations (6530)
  • Comparative Law (6532)
  • International Family Law (6533)
  • Law of the European Union (6534)
  • Islamic Law (6535)
  • Law of Japan (6536)
  • Traditional Jewish Civil Law (6537)
  • Immigration Law I (6538)
  • Immigration Law II (6539)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
  • International Finance (6541)
  • International Banking and Investment Law (6542)
  • Law of the People’s Republic of China (6543)
  • Foreign Direct Investment (6544)
  • International Project Finance (6545)
  • International Law of Human Rights (6546)
  • Regional Protection of Human Rights (6547)
  • Space Law (6548)
  • Chinese Business Law (6549)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • Law of War (6552)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Criminal Law (6554)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (6555)
  • International Arbitration (6556)
  • Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law (6557)
  • International Negotiations (6558)
  • Nation Building and the Rule of Law (6559)
  • Public International Law Seminar (6562)
  • Trade Remedy Law (6563)
  • International Business Transactions Seminar (6564)
  • Comparative Law Seminar (6565)
  • Human Rights Lawyering (6568)
  • International Human Rights of Women (6570)
  • Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)
  • Law of Race and Slavery (6596)
  • Immigration Clinic (6630)
  • International Human Rights Clinic (6633)
  • National Security Law (6870)
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)
  • Counterterrorism Law (6875)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)

*Conflict of Laws (6234) will also be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 12 credits required in the field

GW–Oxford International Human Rights Law Program Courses

The following courses are offered as part of the GW–Oxford International Human Rights Law Program, which is held during the summer at the University of Oxford. In addition to the courses listed below, the GW–Oxford program curriculum offers Law 6546, International Law of Human Rights, as Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law, Law 6554, International Criminal Law, and Law 6568, Human Rights Lawyering. Credit earned in these courses may be applied toward LL.M. program requirements in International and Comparative Law.

  • Human Rights and Refugee Law (6824)
  • Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights—Law and Practice (6825)
  • Human Rights in the Marketplace (6826)
  • Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law (6827)
  • International Rights of Women (6828)
  • Human Rights Advocacy and Dissemination (6830)
  • Human Rights and Military Responses to Terrorism (6836)
  • War, Peace, and Human Rights (6838)

Courses Related to International and Comparative Law

  • Conflict of Laws (6234)
  • Admirality (6293)
  • Homeland Security Law and Policy (6396)
  • Disaster Law (6425)
  • International Copyright Law (6473)
  • International and Comparative Patent Law (6490)
  • Law in Cyberspace (6485)
  • Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law Seminar (6488)
  • Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
  • Law and Anthropoogy (6612)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)


Spotlight Item: Judge Buergenthal Visits With Students

Judge Buergenthal Visits With Students

During Judge Thomas Buergenthal's tenure on the International Court of Justice, he made several visits a year back to GW Law to guest lecture.

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