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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.

Upcoming Events

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

Past Events

The Role of Law in the Fight Against International Terrorism

Join GW Law's International and Comparative Law Program, American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (AFHU), Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Law (HU L

Measuring Judicial Performance Using Data Indicators in India

Join the International and Comparative Law Program as they host Harish Narasappa, co-founder, DAKSH; Samvād: Partners.

Arbitration on the South China Sea: The Tribunal's Awards and Their Implications

Join the International & Comparative Law Program for a panel discussion on Arbitration on the South China Sea. 

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Roundtable on OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Law

Co-hosted by George Washington University Law School, the International Bar Association, and the OECD, this event will bring together legal practitioners and experts on the 

Book Discussion—East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"

Join the International and Comparative Law Program as they host Professor Philippe Sands of the University College London to discuss his new book East West Street: On th

Geopolitical Implications of Pro-Democracy Movement in Armenia: What's at Stake for the US?

The geopolitical implications of the events taking place in Armenia today are difficult to understate.

Symposium on the Identity & Future of Human Rights Honoring Dinah Shelton

The International and Comparative Law Program honored the life work of Professor Dinah Shelton at the International Law Review Symposium.

2016 Shulman Foundation Lecture featuring Hon. Heikki Kanninen

Is the European Court of Justice the Supreme Court of the European Union?

Challenges to the Legitimacy of International Tribunals

This panel discussed recent developments and best practices for international tribunals.

The Lawyer as the Gatekeeper Against Corruption

This panel discussed the role of the lawyer in stopping international corruption.

How Would the Unprecedented Nicaraguan Canal Impact International Law?

The Latin America Interest Group's (LAIG) inaugural event considered international legal implications of the controversial Nicaraguan Canal.

"Live from L": The Iran Nuclear Deal

The International & Comparative Law Program presented the 6th Annual "Live from L" with the Office of the Legal Adviser on the topic of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Discussion of International Legal Issues Relating to Crimea

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted the Honorabe George Cristian Maoir, Ambassador of Romania to the United States.