Where the World Meets to Study Law

International and comparative law has long been central to the educational mandate of AUWCL, and our cutting-edge international legal programs and degree offerings have been consistently ranked among some of the most prestigious in the United States. Our programs encompass a wide variety of legal disciplines, including international commercial arbitration, international business and trade, human rights law, intellectual property law, and more. Our diverse academic and programmatic offerings incorporate a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events which allow our students to interact and network with esteemed faculty, international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers.

Please explore further this website to gain an overview of the diverse initiatives and programs we offer related to international law. 

Our Impact on International Law

Our AUWCL faculty is constantly contributing to further the development of International Law in various areas such as health, human rights and democratic governance.


Highlights on International Economic Law

Distinguished Speakers at ICLS

23rd Annual Grotius Lecture: “Never let a good crisis go to waste! Can international law seize the advantage?” On March 25, 2021, Professor Yves Daudet delivered the 23rd Annual Grotius Lecture at the ASIL Annual Meeting followed by Distinguished Discussant Professor Hannah Buxbaum. The Grotius Lecture is sponsored by American University Washington College of Law.
Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Longtime Friend of Washington College of Law
Sarah Bloom Raskin, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury and Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, speaks at AUWCL on the U.S. economic and financial regulatory policy in the era of COVID and beyond.
On November 19, 2020, Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, Former US Trade Representative, delivered the Fourth Wenger Distinguished Lecture On International Trade about “U.S. Trade Policy at a Crossroads.
The Center on International Commercial Arbitration at AUWCL organizes a panel of prominent arbitration practitioners to discuss the attitude of African courts towards international arbitration.
The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Disability and Accessibility addresses AUWCL community on empowerment and protection of persons with disabilities during and after COVID-19.
James Gathii, Professor of Law and the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law delivered the Grotius lecture entitled “The Promise of International Law: A Third World View,” at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). This year marks the 22nd year of AUWCL’s sponsorship of the Grotius lecture series and successful collaboration between AUWCL and ASIL.

International Law Faculty

Our diverse and highly prominent full-time faculty lead the way in thinking about international law -- in the United States and abroad. Please see also our large variety of specialized academic centers and programs. 

Quick Facts
  • A+
    Ranking in International Law, PreLaw Magazine 2021
    in US News & World Report
    ICLS Alumni Worldwide
  • 28
    Fulltime Faculty
    Top 75
    Law school in the World by Shanghai Ranking in 2021