International & Comparative Law LLM

Director: R. Celorio
Faculty Advisers: P. S. Berman, F. Bignami, K. Brown, S. Charnovitz, D. Clarke, L. Dickinson, D. Fontana, S. Murphy, R. Steinhardt, E. Swaine

Programs of study are offered in International & Comparative Law and in one specialized field—International Environmental Law. Course requirements for each field are provided below.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.

A minimum of 12 credits from the following courses is required,* including 2 credits graded on the basis of research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses are required.

Courses

  • International Taxation (6312)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • 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)
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • The International Competition Law Regime (6523)
  • International Commercial Law (6524)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Litigation (6528)
  • International Organizations (6530)
  • Comparative Law (6532)
  • 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 Finance (6541)
  • International Banking and Investment Law (6542)
  • Law of the People’s Republic of China (6543)
  • Foreign Direct Investment (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)**
  • Trade Remedy Law (6563)
  • International Business Transactions Seminar (6564)**
  • Comparative Law Seminar (6565)**
  • Human Rights Lawyering (6568)
  • International Human Rights of Women (6570)
  • Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)
  • Law of Race and Slavery (6596)
  • Immigration Clinic (6630)
  • International Human Rights Clinic (6633)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)
  • National Security Law (6870)
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)
  • Counterterrorism Law (6875)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)

*Conflict of Laws (6234) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 12 credits required in the field.

**For 2017–2018, Public International Law Seminars may include Arms Control, and Codifying International Law; International Business Transactions Seminars may include International Economic Disputes.

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A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required.* The curriculum requirement must include completion of Environmental Law (6430) and one of the following 3 courses: Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), or Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442). In addition, students also must complete either International Business Transactions (6522) or International Organizations (6530). For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of a research paper(s). This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a separate 2-credit course. For non-U.S. law school graduates, completion of 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91) is required. Any research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.

Courses

  • Environmental Law (6430) and one of the following 3 courses:
    • Air Pollution Control (6432)
    • Water Pollution Control (6434)
    • Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • International Environmental Law (6454)
  • International Climate Change Law (6455)
  • Environment and Energy Policy Practicum (6460)†
  • Environmental Law Seminar (6466)†
  • International Law (6520)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • International Business Transactions (6522) or International Organizations (6530)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)

*Torts (6206) and Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 16 credits required in the field.

† Approval of program director required. The seminar or practicum project must be related to international environmental law.

Courses Related to Environmental Law Admiralty (6293)

Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 16-credit Environmental and Energy curriculum requirement.Administrative Law (6400) 

  • Food and Drug Law (6408)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • Genetics and the Law (6616)
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (6676)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)

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