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 to 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. 




Who We Are

Faculty & Staff

Our world-renowned faculty has strong ties to many public and private actors who apply international law daily, including government entities, law firms, non-profits, and international and regional organizations.

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Upcoming Events

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

Faculty in the News

"GWU Law Professor Says Video of Floyd's Death Was Key to Conviction"

April 21, 2021

Paul Schiff Berman is quoted in ABC7-WJLA about how the video of George Floyd's death served as the smoking gun for jurors.

"Georgia Voting Law Supporters Claim Hypocrisy by MLB for Moving All-Star Game Out of State"

April 06, 2021
Paul Schiff Berman is quoted by Sinclair Broadcast Group about whether Colorado voting laws are as restrictive as the voting laws in Georgia.

"Black Americans Flock to Gun Stores and Clubs: 'I Needed to Protect Myself'"

April 05, 2021
Robert J. Cottrol is quoted in The Guardian about why gun ownership among Black Americans has increased dramatically in the last year.