International & Comparative Law

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International law is a multifaceted and evolving area of the law. It is a key ingredient to address many current international affairs issues, including the sustainable development of societies, an adequate response to pandemics, the building of productive economies, the conduct of international business transactions and the resolution of disputes, the safeguard of a healthy environment, gender and racial equality, and the overall respect of human rights. International law has become an important tool and guideline for states, international organizations, multilateral institutions, nonprofits, and private actors. At GW Law, students obtain solid training on international legal theory and doctrine and learn how to put their knowledge to practical use.

GW Law offers over 50 specialized courses in international and comparative law. The school provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation to future lawyers in the areas of public and private international law, comparative law, and their many domains. The teaching, scholarship, doctrine, and practical opportunities the program includes foster creativity and innovation in addressing and finding solutions to complex legal issues that arise in the transnational setting. In addition to being first-rate professors and scholars, our faculty and deans are at the forefront of shaping and implementing international law. Our law students also have a range of opportunities during their studies at GW Law perform research in the area of international law, pursue externships, attend numerous events and discussion spaces on international and comparative law, participate in skills competitions, clinics, and journals, delve in summer programs, and study abroad. 



Visiting Scholar Program

GW Law's International & Comparative Visiting Scholars Program allows legal scholars and lawyers from around the world to conduct specific legal research at the law school.

Learn more about the Program

Upcoming Events

The International & Comparative Law Program holds several events each semester. Check back frequently for new events.


Faculty in the News

"Government Kept to Sidelines As Google Got Big. Now It Has Chance to Rein Company Back In."

October 12, 2020

William E. Kovacic is quoted in The Washington Post about how the DOJ is facing pressure to clamp down on big tech after past stumbles.

"VERIFY: No, Amy Coney Barrett Would Not Have to Recuse Herself If There Is a Disputed Election That Lands in Front of the Supreme Court. Here's Why"

September 28, 2020

Paul Schiff Berman is quoted by WUSA9 about why Judge Barrett would not be required by the Constitution to recuse herself.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves Us with Belief in the Ideal of 'We the People'"

September 27, 2020

Paul Schiff Berman writes in The Hill that Justice Ginsburg's legacy should be honored by overcoming the rule of the minority.