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International Opportunities

LL.M. in International Legal Studies

Through an interdisciplinary approach to international law, our faculty, students, and staff respond to today's global challenges by engaging the world through advocacy, outreach, and scholarship.

Please explore the left-hand navigation bar as well as the listing of events to the right to learn more about the international opportunities, scholarly work, and activities at the Washington College of Law.

Recent Highlights

October 30, 2014 - CopyrightX: Lessons from Networked Legal Education – A Discussion with Prof. William Fisher The Third Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property MORE

October 22, 2014 - WCL Hosts Annual Embassy Reception MORE

October 22, 2014 - International Real Estate Development in a Civil Law System: A Discussion with the Association of French Notaries MORE

October 21, 2014 - ILSP Director speaks at OAS Sustainable Development Dialogue MORE

October 21, 2014 - Judging at the European Court of Justice Presentation by Judge Siniša Rodin Court of Justice of the European Union MORE

October 17, 2014 - International Legal Studies Program Hosts Second Annual Volunteer Service Day at D.C. Central Kitchen MORE

October 16, 2014 - African States Challenging International Criminal Law: A Discussion with Professor Roland Adjovi MORE

October 15, 2014 - Supreme Court Series: Teva Pharaceuticals USA v. Sandoz Post Argument Discussion MORE

October 14, 2014 - Guest Speaker Xixin Wang from China's Peking University Law School Dicusses Political and Constitutional Reforms in China MORE

October 14, 2014 - WCL Hosts X Symposium on International Trade MORE

October 13, 2014 - European Law Association Hosts Talk with Prof. Matej Avbelj Regarding ECJ jurisprudence on the EU Single Market MORE

October 10, 2014 - WCL Hosts LLM Programs Information Sessions - Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico MORE

October 2, 2014 - NAFTA 20: State of Affairs Lunch Discussion MORE

September 24, 2014 - Plain Packaging for the Pacific Rim: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Tobacco Control MORE

September 22, 2014 - Former WTO Director General, Pascal Lamy, addresses corruption in global trade at policy dialogue and breakfast. MORE

September 5, 2014 - Professor Bob Goldman Elected VP of International Commission of Jurists. Professor Robert Goldman was recently elected Vice President of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Previously, he served three terms on the ICJ’s Executive Committee and is now serving a second term as a Commissioner. Professor Goldman is the sole U.S. Commissioner, having replaced the late Jerome Shestack, former President of the ABA. MORE

June 24, 2014 - Dean Claudio Grossman Meets with WCL Alumni in Sao Paulo. On Sunday, June 22, Dean Claudio Grossman hosted an alumni dinner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The group discussed externship opportunities for AUWCL students, the law school’s exciting international programs, and the campaign for the new Tenley Campus. MORE

June, 2014 - Matthew Smith '14 and Mina Trudeau '12 Named Fulbright Scholars. Projects Begin Fall 2014 in Mexico and Turkey . The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually, allowing students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to study, teach, and conduct research at institutions worldwide. This year, recent graduate Matthew Smith ’14 and alumna Mina Trudeau ‘12, both Public Interest / Public Service Scholars while at the AUWCL, were awarded Fulbright grants. MORE

May 9, 2014 - American University Washington College of Law to Welcome Judy Smith ‘86, Founder and President of Leading Strategic and Crisis Communications Firm, as 2014 Commencement Speaker. American University Washington College of Law will welcome Judy A. Smith ‘86, founder and president of Smith & Company a leading strategic and crisis communications firm and co-executive producer of ABC’s Scandal, as the 2014 Commencement Speaker. The law school's commencement will be held May 18, 2014, at 1 p.m. at American University's Bender Arena (4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW). Smith will be presented with an honorary doctor of laws. MORE

May 8, 2014 - American University Washington College of Law Welcomes Nearly 100 Teams to 19th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition. The 19th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition will take place May 18-23 at American University Washington College of Law, presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and co-sponsored by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. MORE

April 11, 2014 - Nearly 500 Attend Annual Grotius Lecture to Open ASIL Annual Meeting, ILA Biennial Conference. Advocate for Women's International Human Rights, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Delivers Distinguished Lecture. The Lecture was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. MORE PHOTO GALLERY

April 8, 2014 - Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Plans Immersive Summer Program, Celebrates 15 Year Milestone. The Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, held May 27 – June 13 by American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, offers 19 courses taught by world-renowned scholars and practitioners in the field of human rights. MORE

February 25, 2014 - Alumni Launch New Organization to Foster Lasting Justice Solutions in Nigeria. Three recent graduates who connected through the law school’s Human Rights Brief are using their skills and passions to launch a new NGO in Nigeria. MORE

February 12, 2014 - Torture: “Tajikistan still needs to bridge the gap between policies and reality” – UN rights expert Juan E. Mendez.The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, today urged the Government of Tajikistan to fully implement its policies for the eradication and prevention of torture and ill-treatment. MORE

February 4, 2014 - Law School Launches New Program on International Information Communications Technology (ICT) Policy and Regulation. American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce a new program on International ICT (Information Communications Technology) Policy and ICT Regulation, made possible through a partnership with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO). MORE

January 31, 2014 - Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Post Arab Spring: Syria's Challenges to Protection and Accountability.The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) co-sponsored a panel discussion at the Washington College of Law with the American Red Cross as well as the American Society for International Law's Women in International Law Interest Group entitled "Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Post Arab Spring: Syria's Challenges to Protection and Accountability." MORE

January 27, 2014 - New WCRO Report Examines Obtaining Victim Status for Purposes of Participating in Proceedings at the International Criminal Court MORE

January 23, 2014 - "Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Is it Working?" Sponsored by the War Crimes Research Office and the American Society of International Law MORE

January 20, 2014 - Local Human Rights Lawyering Partners Request Thematic Hearing on Migrant Farmworker Camp Access Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. MORE

Sachs Talks Art and Democracy: A Conversation with Albie Sachs, renowned human rights leader and former South African Constitutional Court Justice. MORE

American University Washington College of Law offers Online Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration. American University Washington College of Law offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue an Online Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration. MORE

Center for Human Rights Launches Report to Assess States’ Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Operations of Private Military and Security Companies.

International Legal Studies Program Hosts Volunteer Service Day. November 15 - The International Legal Studies Program would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s ILSP service day at the Capital Area Food Bank. MORE



PICEL Professors Participate in American University Law Review's Symposium on Climate Change. On November 18, the American University Law Review held its annual symposium and this year's topic was "Climate Power Play: Financial, Legislative, and Regulatory Moves Toward a New Energy Economy." MORE



U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Speaks at AUWCL. On Tuesday, November 19, American University Washington College of Law welcomed Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for a conversation with the law school community. MORE

Gaoxiang Pan, GE's Chief Environmental Counsel in Asia, Discusses His Work. PICEL hosted "A Discussion with Gaoxiang Pan, Asia Environmental Counsel for GE" on November 19." MORE


His Excellency Børge Brende, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Discusses the Arctic at WCL. On November 14, Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende discussed "The Arctic: Major Opportunities-Major Responsibilities" at WCL. MORE






International Networking Event Fosters Professional Relationships Across Borders. Students had the unique opportunity to perfect their elevator speeches during the International Speed Networking event held as part of International Week (Oct. 21–25). This event, sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program and the Office of Career and Professional Development, gave JD and LL.M. students a chance to practice their networking skills and discuss their interests in international law in a relaxed and fun environment. MORE


Dean, Faculty, and Students Participate in 51st Session of the UN Committee against Torture. Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), will preside this week over the Committee's 51st session in Geneva. He'll also serve as rapporteur for Portugal and co-rapporteur for Mozambique. MORE

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,Delivers Important Address at AUWCL. AUWCL welcomed Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for an important address, “The International Human Rights Treaty System and Its Impact at the International and Domestic Level.” MORE



Directors of Friends of the Earth Middle East Discuss Environmental Peacebuilding on the Jordan River. On Tuesday, October 1, the three co-directors of Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME) came to American University Washington College of Law to discuss environmental peacebuilding on the Jordan River. MORE



ILSP Director David Hunter Emcees the World Bank Inspection Panel's 20th Anniversary Dinner.The World Bank Inspection Panel turned 20 last week and in honor of this occasion, there was a celebratory dinner on September 24. Professor David Hunter, who was one of the people who advocated for the creation of the Inspection Panel and was instrumental in its development, served as the emcee for the evening, which featured a speech by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. MORE

UNROW Clinic Students Travel to Costa Rica for Brewer Carias v. Venezula. Recently, American University Washington College of Law’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic students and director traveled to Costa Rica to observe a trial before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. MORE

IP Clinic Initiates Inaugural WALA Live Creative Economy Legal Clinic. In the Fall of 2013, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) will team up with the American University Washington College of Law and George Washington University College of Law to present a LIVE LAW CLINIC for the CREATIVE ECONOMY. MORE

Now Available: Volume 20 Issue 3 of the Human Rights Brief MORE

Law Students to Empower D.C. High Schools Students to Become Human Rights Advocates The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law(Center) at American University Washington College of Law and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights(RFK Center) have launched a transformative initiative for student-to-student peer education in the field of human rights, the RFK Speak Truth To Power (STTP) Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program. MORE

Law Students to Empower D.C. High School Students to Become Human Rights Advocates. American University Washington College of Law and RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights Launch Second Annual Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program . MORE

Announcing the Launch of Creative Commons U.S.The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is the new home of Creative Commons United States (CC US), part of the Creative Commons Affiliate Network. Lead by PIJIP Director Michael Carroll, CC US promotes understanding of sharing through open licensing and other issues related to uses of Creative Commons licenses in the United States. MORE

American University Washington College of Law Welcomes 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellows Eleven legal scholars and professionals from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. in August to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program coordinated by the International Legal Studies Program at AUWCL. The program, sponsored by the State Department, provides these international fellows with non-degree academic study and professional experiences in the United States. Participants are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. MORE

Dean Claudio Grossman traveled to Argentina, Costa Rica, and Chile to promote our new law school campus, recruit for AUWCL's international programs, and explore new international externship/employment opportunities for our students. MORE

Visiting Human Rights Faculty from Partner Universities in Colombia Participate in Intensive Summer Programming at WCL.The Center’s Human Rights Teaching and Research Partnership Program just wrapped up an exciting couple of months with studnets and professor from partner law schools Universidad Javeriana Cali and Universidad Santiago de Cali, both of Cali, Colombia. MORE

Participants in the Environmental Law Summer Session Visit Beveridge & Diamond. Participants, who represent 14 different countries, in the Environmental Law Summer Session visited leading environmental law firm, Beveridge & Diamond, on June 3 to learn about MORE

International Women's Day On this International Women's Day, the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Women and International Law Program (WILP) announce the launch of a new Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project website, http://www.genderjurisprudence.org. MORE