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International & Comparative Law Courses

These courses explore the international and domestic laws that regulate or influence international activity among countries, international institutions, businesses, and individuals. The four key survey courses are International Law, International Business Transactions, International Trade Law, and Comparative Law. The remaining advanced courses focus on a wide range of issues in both public and private international law and comparative law as well as the domestic law of other countries.

JD candidates may earn Recognition of a JD Concentration in International and Comparative Law by successfully completing a minimum of 12 credits from the list of courses below, including at least two credits of experiential learning and a writing requirement. All students must take International Law (6520), one course designated as “comparative” with an asterisk (*), and two credits of experiential learning, noted below with two asterisks (**).

Students can also meet the two credits of experiential learning required for the JD Concentration by pursuing Moot Court (6644) or Field Placement (6668) focused on international or comparative law. The writing requirement for the JD concentration can be met in the same manner as GW Law’s legal writing requirement (see page 13). A journal note, seminar paper, or independent writing assignment can count towards the JD concentration. The writing requirement must be focused on a topic related to international and comparative law.

For more information, please contact Associate Dean Rosa Celorio at [email protected].


Foundation Courses

  • International Law (6520)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Comparative Law (6532)*

Advanced Courses

  • International Taxation (6312)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • Immigration Criminal Enforcement (6367)
  • 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)*
  • Procurement in International Development (6516)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • The International Competition Law Regime (6523)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Litigation (6528)
  • International Organizations (6530)
  • International Family Law (6533)
  • Law of the European Union (6534)*
  • Islamic Law (6535)*
  • Immigration Law I (6538)
  • Immigration Law II (6539)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
  • International Banking and Investment Law (6542)
  • Chinese Law and Legal Institutions (6543)*
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration (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)
  • International Business Transactions Seminar (6564)
  • Comparative Law Seminar (6565)*
  • Human Rights Lawyering (6568)**
  • International Human Rights of Women (6570)
  • Immigration Clinic (6630)**
  • International Human Rights Clinic (6633)**
  • Dispute Resolution (6682)
  • National Security Law (6870)
  • U.S. Foreign Relations (6871)
  • Counterterrorism Law (6875)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)

**In addition to the courses listed above, credits obtained through the GW-Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law and Munich Intellectual Property Law Summer Program may be counted toward the 12-credit requirement. Credits earned through other study abroad programs also may qualify, with approval of the Associate Dean.