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.

AUWCL Ranked as one of the top 75 law schools in the World by Shanghai Ranking in 2021!

In 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities, out of 1000 institutions worldwide American University ranks 51-75 for the subject of Law, ranking ahead of other U.S. institutions including Brown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Boston College. The Academic Ranking of World Universities, referred to as Shanghai Ranking, is considered one of the most influential and trustworthy global university rankings. This ranking takes into consideration the quality of education, faculty, research output and per capita performance of each university.

Shanghai Ranking
“The challenges posed by the pandemic, climate change and trade wars have only underscored the importance of what we do as academics and as a law school dedicated to promoting universal values and a global outlook.”

Professor Padideh A'lai, Director of International & Comparative Legal Studies

Faculty Accomplishments

Distinguished Speakers

23rd Annual Grotius Lecture: "Never let a 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.

Distinguished Speakers

Leading Voices in International Law

Our Faculty
  • 27
    Full-Time Faculty Teaching International Law
  • 25
    International Law Programs
  • 100+
    International Law Courses