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International and comparative law has long been central to the educational mandate of AUWCL, and our cutting-edge international initiatives have been consistently ranked among some of the most elite and prestigious in the United States. 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. Our widely recognized faculty members are leading practitioners in their fields, have a strong commitment to teaching, and strive to equip students with the expertise, skills, and understanding necessary to address challenges and promote justice around the world. 

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AUWCL Proudly Co-Sponsors 21st Annual Grotius Lecture

On March 27, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) sponsored the 21st Annual Grotius Lecture opening the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) 113th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Over 700 leading and emerging voices in international legal scholarship, policy, and practice gathered to hear Martti Koskenniemi give his lecture entitled, “Enchanted by the Tools? International Law and the Enlightenment.” Anne Orford presented as Distinguished Discussant.

The March 2019 Proposals for Amendment of the ICSID Rules: A Discussion on Provocative Matters and Changes in the Latest Working Paper

The March 2019 Proposals for Amendment of the ICSID Rules: A Discussion on Provocative Matters and Changes in the Latest Working Paper

April 15, 2019 | 5:30PM - 8:30PM

The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes’ (ICSID) is currently going through the most extensive review of its rules and regulations that commenced in October 2016. The purpose of this review is to “modernize, simplify, and streamline the rules, while also leveraging information technology to reduce the environmental footprint of ICSID proceedings.”

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2019 ELSA Moot Court Competition

2019 ELSA Moot Court Competition

April 11 - 13, 2019

American University Washington College of Law will host the All American Regional Round of the 17th edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly known as EMC2). This is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system and is organized annually by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) with the cooperation of the WTO.

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The Age of Women: Why Feminism also Liberates Men

The Age of Women: Why Feminism also Liberates Men

April 10, 2019 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

On April 10, 2019, the Embassy of Belgium, American University Washington College of Law, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and with the generous support of the European Commission, proudly organize the launch of Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo’s book “The Age of Women. Why Feminism Also Liberates Men.”

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13th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner

13th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner

April 8, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dean Camille Nelson, the American University Washington College of Law International Trade and Investment Law Society, the Program on Trade, Investment and Development, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations invite you to attend the Thirteenth Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner Program Honoring Douglas N. Jacobson, WCL ‘90, Founding Partner, Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC

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International Week at AUWCL

International Week at AUWCL

November 12 - 16, 2018

In the week of Monday 12th through Friday 16th, International Comparative and Legal Studies, together with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Bar Association, and our wonderful students, is hosting “International Week.” We will discuss, NAFTA II, 70th Anniversary of UDHR, Careers in International Law, and the fight against corruption. We also will eat, dance and drink food from around the world.

From NAFTA to USMCA: The Reworking of North American Trade Relations?

From NAFTA to USMCA: The Reworking of North American Trade Relations?

November 12, 2018 | 02:00PM - 03:30PM

After much public fanfare, the United States, Mexico, and Canada announced on September 30, 2018, a new trade deal to replace the 1994 NAFTA treaty. The new treaty, called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), incorporates many of the concerns the U.S.’ industry had raised over the recent years. This panel will explore the new aspects of USMCA, and question what else this new treaty with the U.S.’s principal trading partners may affect.

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XIV Symposium on International Trade: Rule-based World Trade System under Systemic Crisis

XIV Symposium on International Trade: Rule-based World Trade System under Systemic Crisis

On October 24, 2018, AUWCL's Trade, Investment and Development Program hosted the XIV Symposium on International Trade in a timely moment, as the rule-based world trade system is facing a systemic crisis. Even though it helped developed and developing economies grow in the last twenty years, has softened the blow of the 2008 financial crisis, and helped enforce the WTO agreements through its dispute settlement mechanism, WTO member countries have been recently acting with complete disregard to its rules.

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ICJ Rules for Chile against Bolivia in the Case Obligation to Negotiate Sovereign Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile)

ICJ Rules for Chile against Bolivia in the Case Obligation to Negotiate Sovereign Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile)

On Monday, October 1, 2018, the ICJ delivered its judgment in the case between Bolivia and Chile rejecting all eight of Bolivia’s arguments claiming that Chile had an “obligation to negotiate” sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean. Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman served as the Agent of Chile in this case.

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