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Harvard Law School is home to more than 25 research programs and centers, many of which are international in their focus. They provide many opportunities for students to pursue their international interests through speaker series, workshops, debates, conferences, collaborative research, pro bono projects and more. The programs and centers also provide a prime venue for meeting students with shared interests and for interacting with the rich array of visitors — foreign and domestic, academic and practice-oriented — who spend time at Harvard each year.

These HLS research programs and centers, among others, offer a significant international, foreign or comparative dimension:

  • The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s mission is to explore and understand cyberspace and to assess the need for laws and sanctions.
  • The Center on the Legal Profession works to increase understanding of the structures and norms of the legal profession in the United States and around the world, through research, scholarship and teaching.
  • East Asian Legal Studies is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive research program devoted to the law and legal history of the peoples of East Asia and their relations with the U.S.
  • The Environmental and Energy Law Program seeks to influence policy discussions about environmental, climate, and energy issues, and proposes new and improved ways to achieve greater environmental protection.
  • The Harvard Law School Project on Disability works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide and to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • The Human Rights Program provides direction to international human rights work at HLS through courses, clinical opportunities, research and scholarship, and links with human rights groups.
  • The Institute for Global Law and Policy focuses on the work of young scholars who bring new ideas and perspectives to comparative and international legal research and policy.
  • The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law engages in the scholarly study of Jewish law, conceived as a dynamic religious system, and Israeli law, the legal system of a state formally committed to democratic and Jewish values.
  • The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics focuses on the legal and ethical analysis of pressing questions facing health policymakers, medical professionals, patients, families, and others who influence and are influenced by health care and the health care system.
  • The Program in Islamic Law promotes research and provides resources, including publications and digital tools, to advance the academic study of Islamic law.
  • The Program on International Law and Armed Conflict provides a space for research on critical challenges facing the various fields of public international law related to armed conflict.
  • The Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World supports scholarship that addresses the complex relationships between law and society in Muslim majority and minority contexts around the world.
  • The Program on Negotiation brings together scholars and practitioners to develop the theory and practice of dispute resolution in public and private settings.