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Scenes from the 2014 International Party

Credit: Heratch Photography

Because international and comparative approaches to law are so integrated into the day-to-day life of Harvard Law School, fantastic resources are found in a variety of places, whether in HLS’ many Research Programs and Centers or throughout the University. Organizations and journals enable students with common interests to participate in programs and undertake research and writing on topics of international, foreign, and comparative law. Moot courts and pro bono programs allow students to develop and test their emerging skills as lawyers, in preparation for practice in a variety of settings and countries. As well, a number of HLS offices and individuals can assist students who are seeking international opportunities.

For HLS programs and offices planning events with international speakers or themes: Check our list of internationally-oriented programs, offices, and organizations for possible collaboration partners to assist with scheduling, planning, or sponsorship.

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HLS research centers and programs provide a rich offering of international activity and opportunities. Here’s a sampling of recent projects and events:

  • East Asian Legal Studies hosted a series of lunchtime talks by visiting scholars focusing on topics in East Asia ranging from human rights to corporate law and international trade to criminal justice reform.
  • The Harvard Law School Project on Disability was involved in winning two significant cases: a European Court of Human Rights decision overturning Hungary’s blanket prohibition on voting by mentally disabled persons, and a South African High Court ruling upholding the right of children with intellectual disabilities to public education.
  • The Human Rights Program sponsored an International Human Rights Law Clinic research expedition to Thailand where students met with refugees from Burma to examine human rights violations.
  • The Institute for Global Law and Policy hosted an annual seminar on “Current Developments in EU and US Antitrust Law,” featuring lectures and roundtable discussions with leading academics and practitioners.
  • The Islamic Legal Studies Program sponsored an Islamic Finance Project roundtable on “The Impact of Islamic Finance on Economic Development,” with speakers from the Islamic Development Bank and the Harvard Business School.
  • The Program on International Financial Systems continued organizing “Building the Financial System of the 21st Century” symposia, focusing on the European Union, Latin America, China, and Japan.
  • The Center on the Legal Profession hosted “FutureEd 2: Making Global Lawyers for the 21st Century,” a conference that brought legal scholars, practitioners and regulators from around the world to discuss the evolution and future of legal education.
  • The Program on Negotiation organized lectures and film screenings that covered a diverse range of issues, from non-violent power in Egypt and Tunisia, to post-Apartheid struggles in South Africa.