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International Law

  • Foreign Relations Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of international law is useful, but not essential. Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore key doctrines and concepts of foreign relations…

  • Global Justice Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop, but it is intended for students with a strong academic bent. Exam: No Exam This workshop will…

  • Comparative Constitutional Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites:None, constitutional law/politics (of any jurisdiction) helpful but not required. Exam Type:No Exam This course is a study of constitutional law and politics from a…

  • International Criminal Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home International Criminal Law examines how the international legal system attempts to name and address the gravest crimes in…

  • Foundations of International Arbitration: Theory and Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Through a combination of lectures and in-class simulations, this course will (i) provide an overview of the foundational aspects…

  • Public International Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take Home This is an introductory course to public international law. The first part of the course examines the nature,…

  • Regulation of International Finance

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course will examine international arrangements for the regulation of finance. Arrangements covered include the International Monetary Fund, the…

  • International Taxation

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: Taxation Exam Type: In Class This course will cover the basic federal income tax concepts, policy and law relating to taxation of foreign persons…

  • Health Rights in Latin America: Defending Dignity or Judicializing Politics?

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Against backdrops of extreme social inequality in Latin America, with poor responsiveness from executive and legislative branches of government,…

  • Animal Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites, and 1L students are welcome in the class. Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Students will be evaluated on the basis…

  • Human Rights in the UN Treaty Bodies

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: By permission of instructor. The permission is just to verify the prerequisite.  Students who have taken the International Human Rights introductory course at HLS…

  • Disability Rights Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course encompasses many aspects of disability rights, laws, and policies, with particular emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities…

  • Globalization in a Complex World

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Once heralded as an unstoppable and positive force, globalization is today facing pushback on multiple fronts due to growing…

  • Conflict of Laws

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: LLM students must have taken (1) Either Civil Procedure or Federal Courts, or equivalent coursework; AND (2) one of the following: Contracts, Torts, or…

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Magic

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: This seminar will be by permission of the instructor, who strongly prefers that students have a background in advanced study of Jewish legal material.

  • International Business Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One Day Take-Home This course aims to provide students with a broad overview of the problems that confront businesses as they…

  • Money Design and Inequality

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: The seminar is intended for students who have studied money as a legal institution. Students must have completed one of the following courses previously:…

  • Race and the Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type:One-Day Take-home This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American legal jurisprudence and history. Areas of focus will…

  • Climate Change and the Politics of International Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home As climate change has increasingly come to be seen as an urgent global problem, there has been a…

  • Neder: Vows, Promises, Oaths in Jewish Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home This course focuses on neder. The term is most often translated as vow, though as we will see, the…

  • The International Law of the Sea

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course explores the international law of the sea, which is one of the most important and compelling areas…

  • Human Rights Advocacy

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Students enrolled in the spring clinic must enroll in this seminar or the Introduction…

  • International Human Rights Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component:Students in the spring clinic must enroll in either Human Rights…

  • Introduction to Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Students enrolled in the spring clinic must enroll in this seminar or the spring…

  • Comparative Law: Why Law? The Experience of China

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course uses the example of China as a springboard for asking fundamental questions about the nature of…

  • Farmed Animal Law and Policy

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for the class, although an environmental law or animal law survey course is recommended. Exam Type: No Exam This…

  • Corporate Accountability in Armed Conflict

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: Public International Law, Law of War, International Criminal Law or International Human Rights Law Exam Type: No Exam This upper-level reading group will examine…

  • Comparative and International Legal Struggles Over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam At the intersection of debates about religion, private morality and public policy, and sexual and reproductive health and rights…

  • Foundations of International Arbitration: Theory and Practice

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Through a combination of lectures and in-class simulations, this course will (i) provide an overview of the foundational aspects…

  • International Intellectual Property Law and Policy

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: Students should have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, Patent Law. Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines fundamental principles of international IP law…

  • Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Either the fall International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training with Advanced Seminar or the fall Semester in Human Rights Clinic.

  • Human Rights Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: International Human Rights Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). Students enrolled in the fall clinic must enroll in one of the fall Human…

  • International Trade Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One Day Take-Home This course focuses on the law governing international trade as established by the World Trade Organization. It engages…

  • International Human Rights Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the fall clinic must enroll in one of

  • Re-imagining global order as Asia re-emerges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The re-emergence of Asia is posing conceptual and practical challenges to understandings of and frameworks for global order that…

  • Human Rights and International Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines critically what it means to embody human rights conceptions in law at the international level, and…

  • Right-Respecting Tech Amidst Authoritarianism and Conflict

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam As state and non-state actors with authoritarian tendencies seek to gain and wield power, technology can be a weapon…

  • Sex Equality

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home (open book), or 3 short papers throughout the term for lottery-selected group of students who apply. The relation…

  • Laws of War

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: Public International Law is recommended. Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home The law of war is one of the oldest branches of international law, but whether…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the expanding practice around business and human rights, departing from its origins and moving into…

  • International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training with Advanced Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    Required Class Component: Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy (2 fall classroom credits). Once a student is accepted into this clinic, the Office of…

  • Evidence

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home and Short In-Class Examination The law of Evidence regulates the presentation of factual information in the Anglo-American jury…

  • Advanced Comparative Perspectives on U.S. Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will discuss U.S. law from a comparative perspective. We will discuss, from a non-U.S. perspective, the…

  • International Environmental Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines the challenges, successes, and opportunities in harnessing state and non-state efforts to promote international environmental protection.

  • Space Law and Policy

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home The global space industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, underpinning trillions of dollars in…

  • Engaging China

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This one unit course will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux.

  • Semester in Human Rights

    January 19, 2023

    Required Class Component: Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy (2 fall classroom credits). Once a student is accepted into this clinic, the Office of…