International & Comparative Law


Clients demand that their lawyers be skilled in international and comparative law. Transactional lawyers need to be able to negotiate complex international contracts. Advocates must be capable of appearing before a domestic court, an arbitration panel, or an international tribunal to argue cutting-edge issues relating to international law.  

The George Washington University Law School gives students the tools and resources to rise to the challenges of this demanding legal market. Armed with a firm grounding in international legal theory and doctrine, students learn how to put their knowledge to practical use. GW Law's emphasis on the application of the law stems from the unique qualifications of its faculty. In addition to being first-rate teachers and scholars, the faculty at GW Law are at the forefront of shaping and implementing international law.  

GW Law's approach to international law is unique. It is built upon the recognition that international and comparative law does not stand alone but rather permeates nearly every field of law, as states, international organizations, and private actors deal with the vast consequences of their actions and interrelationships. Whether the course be antitrust law, civil procedure, environmental law, patent law, or securities regulations, international and comparative principles are likely to be addressed.  

A vital part of the GW Law experience is having international and comparative law available at every turn. Because of its location, GW Law is able to draw on a distinguished corps of adjunct faculty—noted practitioners, government officials, and jurists—to teach in their areas of expertise. Initiatives such as the Institute for International Corporate Governance and Accountability, and the Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies establish a rigorous research agenda and attract distinguished scholars and lawyers from around the world.

Podcasts & Videos

Judge Buergenthal Interview with Professor Sean Murphy
December 13, 2017
Watch Professor Buergenthal discuss his life and career in international law in a two-part interview with Professor Sean Murphy, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law.

SCOTUS, Corporate Liability, and the Alien Tort Statute: Post-Argument Reflections on Jesner v. Arab Bank
October 11, 2017

Upcoming Events

The International and Comparative Law Program hosts several events throughout the semester. Check back frequently for new events.

Past Events

Increased Scrutiny of International Mergers & Acquisitions on National Security Grounds

This event is sponsored by the NSLA, the Business & Finance Law Program, Graduate & International Programs Office, the

SCOTUS, Corporate Liability, and the Alien Tort Statute: Post-Argument Reflections on Jesner v. Arab Bank

Join the International & Comparative Law program as they host a discussion on post-argument reflections on Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC.

Pursuing a Career in International Law

The market for legal jobs is difficult right now and specializing in a particular issue, like international law, can make your job search even more frustrating.

Book Discussion: The Forgotten Flight - Terrorism, Diplomacy, and the Pursuit of Justice

Join the International and Comparative Law Program as they host a Stuart Newberger, BA '74, attorney, expert of state-sponsored terrorism, and autho