International Legal Studies

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Meet the 2021-2022 ILS Post-Graduate Fellow

Isabella Victoria Ariza Buitrago LL.M. ’20 has been awarded the inaugural International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowship, designed to support graduating HLS students or recent graduates who will be clerking or interning at an international or foreign regional/supranational court or tribunal. Ariza Buitrago, a Colombian attorney, will undertake a 12-month clerkship with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a regional tribunal whose objective is to interpret and apply the American Convention on Human Rights. Visit the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship web page to read more.

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At Harvard Law School, we consider an international perspective foundational to legal inquiry. Our community includes students from more than 70 countries and jurisdictions, faculty members whose expertise spans the world, renowned visitors and scholars from abroad, and an extraordinary global alumni network. And in a typical year, HLS students work, study, and conduct research in dozens of countries, supported by research centers and fellowship programs. The International Legal Studies office is dedicated to facilitating these opportunities.


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Coursework + Clinical Offerings

More than 100 courses and reading groups focus on international, foreign, or comparative law. Every J.D. student takes an international or comparative law class during their time at HLS.

Students can engage in supervised projects spanning the globe through HLS clinical offerings, including investigating prison conditions in Brazil with the International Human Rights Clinic and assessing traditional dispute resolution systems in Bhutan through the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program.

Molly Doggett ’17 at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Molly Doggett ’17 worked for a summer at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, examining international standards for the treatment of critically ill detainees.

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2015 Chayes Fellow Aditya Pai '17 in India

During a summer abroad, Aditya Pai ’17 analyzed the effectiveness of the Sehgal Foundation’s legal literacy camps in the Mewat district of India.

International Opportunities

Specialized programs support experiential learning and immersion in foreign legal cultures. Frameworks include  research/writing projects and independent clinicals during the three-week winter term abroad, a summer engaged in international public interest, fieldwork through the Ghana Project, and a semester taking classes at a foreign law school.

Library + University Resources

The world’s largest academic law library and the vast resources of Harvard University combine to offer unparalleled opportunities for international legal research and study.

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Research Programs + Centers

HLS’ research programs and centers provide opportunities to work directly on notable projects with an international scope, such as the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict’s work to develop a single online resource for international counterterrorism efforts; the Center for the Legal Profession‘s  research on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies in India, Brazil and China; and the collaboration between the Program in Islamic Law and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society on SHARIAsource, an online portal of resources and analysis on Islamic law.

Mark Jia '16 at work in Hong Kong

Mark Jia ’16 spent a winter term assessing pathways for reforming Hong Kong’s campaign finance laws at the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre. 

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  • Students

    Students

    HLS students hail from more than 85 countries, and travel throughout the world to study, work, and research.
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  • Teaching and Learning

    Teaching and Learning

    HLS faculty’s expertise and research interests, and the work of visiting scholars and clinical programs, range across jurisdictional and disciplinary borders.
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  • Alumni

    Alumni

    HLS graduates are leaders across the globe, forming an unparalleled network.
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