International Law

With an exceptionally large number of full-time faculty members with research and teaching interests in international legal subjects, Miami Law has extensive programs and course offerings in international, foreign, and comparative law as well as transnational practice.  In addition, the city's tremendous diversity and very large percentage of foreign-born residents make it a laboratory for many issues brought on by globalization.

Experiential Learning: International Study

International Exchange / Study: The law school offers exciting international exchange programs across the globe, some include:

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Hands-On Learning: International Internships and International Moot Court Program

International Internships: Students can explore internship possibilities across the ocean, as well as numerous opportunities to engage in legal research on international topics. 

International Moot Competitions: Miami Law offers a comprehensive international moot court program where students travel to competitions around the world

There is also the LawWithoutWalls program in which students from law and business schools around the world are paired up to conduct investigative research on an assigned topic to identify a problem in legal education or practice.

Law Reviews and Student Organizations with International Focus

Curriculum Relating to International Law

The term "International Law" covers a number of subject areas. Most faculty members when they teach courses normally thought of as domestic law, include some international materials in the following areas:

Public International Law

This is the law governing relations among nations, including such areas as environmental protection, the laws of war, the global economy and the role of international organizations. Increasingly it also involves rights individuals have to be protected from war crimes and from human rights abuses committed by their governments. Courses in or relating to this area include:

  • International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Moot Court (workshop)
  • Immigration Law
  • Internet Law
  • Cultural Property and Heritage Law
  • Advanced Immigration Seminar (S)

International Business and other Trans-Boundary Issues

This is the law that governs or otherwise facilitates international trade, banking, financing, investment and the transfer of intellectual property, as well as many other recent developments that have become increasingly important because of globalization, such as international family law. Courses in or relating to this area include:

  • International Business Transactions
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • International Sales
  • International Tax
  • International Finance
  • Aviation Law
  • Banking Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Securities Regulation


Foreign and Comparative Law

This area consists primarily of courses that investigate the general principles that govern the civil law system used in most of the world, and its comparison with the common law system used in the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, India and other English-speaking countries. It also includes a wide variety of subjects dealing with the laws of the European Union, Latin America, and specific countries. We teach some comparative law courses in Spanish – the first school in the country to do so on a regular basis. Courses in or relating to this area include:

  • Comparative Law
  • European Community Law
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Islamic Legal System Seminar
  • Basic Notions of Latin American Contracts Workshop

Maritime Law / International Law of the Sea

While some of the law governing the oceans and maritime commerce is domestic U.S. law, the fundamentals and much of the applicable law fall under the Law of the Sea, a branch of public international law. Courses in or relating to this area include:

  • Law of the Sea
  • Admiralty 1
  • Coastal Law
  • Marine Ecology & the Law
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Marine Insurance Seminar

Faculty & Leadership in the Area of International Law

The University of Miami School of Law has one of the largest number of faculty members who teach or do scholarly research in the area of international and foreign law of any American law school. In its commitment to expanding engagement not only nationally but also hemispherically throughout the Americas and globally, the law school has dedicated leadership in the area of international law.

Caroline Bradley is the Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, coordinating and overseeing all of Miami Law's efforts in international and graduate studies – including all of our LL.M. programs. She is also the Chair of the LL.M. in International Law (General). A Cambridge University LL. M. graduate with first class honors, she worked for one of England’s largest and best-known law firms before joining the faculty of the London School of Economics. Professir Bradley writes about comparative and transnational financial law and securities regulation. She teaches in the areas of European Community Law, International Finance. Her weblog is at

Bernard H. Oxman, Richard Hausler Professor of Law is Chair of our Maritime Law LL.M. Program. A graduate of Columbia Law School and former attorney for the Navy and the State Department, Professor Oxman is the one of the world's leading experts on the Law of the Sea. He is the only American to serve as a Judge ad hoc on both the International Court of Justice (the "World Court") and on the Tribunal of the Law of the Sea.

Carolyn Lamm is the Distinguished Faculty Chair of the the chair of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program. She is a partner and litigator in White & Case's Washington D.C. office and is a prominent practitioner in international arbitration and dispute resolution, trade matters and cross-border commercial federal court litigation. She is involved primarily in the representation of foreign corporate clients and foreign sovereigns.

Carmen Perez-Llorca is the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Programs and Director, International Graduate Law Programs and Lecturer in Law.

International Arbitration Institute

Jonathan C. Hamilton is Distinguished Faculty Chair of the of the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute and Lecturer in Law. He is Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration with the global law firm of White & Case LLP. He is a leading authority on international disputes and investment, complex negotiations and crisis management.

Key Faculty in the Area of International Law

Patricia A. Brown is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of international taxation, with specialties in tax treaty policy and interpretation and the international taxation of financial products and institutions. She is also the Director of the Graduate Program in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment.

Kathleen Claussen’s primary teaching areas and interests include: international economic law, dispute settlement & procedure, foreign relations and international security issues, and other areas of public and private international law.

Stephen J. Schnably received his J.D. from Harvard Magna cum Laude and studied at Oxford on a Knox Fellowship. Before he joined the faculty, he worked for the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, gaining extensive experience in the field of international arbitration. He writes in the fields of international human rights law, the OAS human rights system, comparative constitutional law, and the relationship of international law to constitutional law. He teaches international law, international human rights, and comparative constitutional law.

Irwin P. Stotzky graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and was a Visiting Scholar at Yale. As Fulbright Scholar to Argentina, he later served as an advisor to then Argentine President Alfonsin on human rights matters during the critical years of that country's transition from a military dictatorship to a democracy. He has also worked over three decades to improve human rights in Haiti and the status of Haitian immigrants in the U.S. He has served as an attorney advisor to Haitian Presidents Aristide and Preval. His numerous books and other publications include Transition to Democracy in Latin America: Role of the Judiciary and Silencing the Guns in Haiti: The Promise of Deliberative Democracy.

 Other Faculty with Teaching and Research Interests in International/Comparative Law

Ricardo J. Bascuas has had extensive criminal law experience as a law clerk to a Federal Judge, in private practice and as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. He teaches International Criminal Law.

Charlton Copeland served as a law clerk to Justices Richard J. Goldstone and Catherine O'Regan of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. His research interests include comparative constitutional law.

A. Michael Froomkin is globally regarded as a leading expert on Internet law including the Internet's international implications and its governance, on which he has lectured and written extensively. He has served as an advisor to the U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization, and has taught International Law.

Frances R. Hill received a Ph.D. from Harvard, having done extensive research on law and politics in Africa, and a J.D. from Yale and an M.A. in African history and politics from the University of Birmingham (England) as a Fulbright Fellow. She practiced in the D.C. and London offices of Jones Day and has written on cross-border transactions and cross-border philanthropy. She is the Director of our nationally ranked LL.M. program in Taxation.

Elizabeth M. Iglesias, a co-founder of the LatCrit movement (the legal, economic and other difficulties facing the Latina/o community), also teaches International Criminal Law and International Economic Law. She has written, lectured and produced documentaries on the adverse effects of globalization.

Stanley I. Langbein has served as attorney/advisor in the Office of International Tax Counsel of the U. S. Treasury Department. He teaches International Tax and is the author of a leading textbook on the subject.

Lili Levi's scholarship deals with a variety of communications law matters including broadcast regulation and copyright. She teaches International Copyright Law.

Bernard Perlmutter is Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the University of Miami School of Law's Children & Youth Law Clinic. He has engaged in significant legal, human rights and policy advocacy on behalf of children, including unaccompanied immigrant children, and his scholarship focuses on the constitutional and therapeutic interests of children in the custody of the state. In addition to teaching in the Children & Youth Law Clinic and other courses on families and children, he teaches transnational family law in Miami's Tour de España program.

Robert E. Rosen teaches International Sales. He has also done comparative research on the role of lawyers.

Stephen K. Urice received a master's degree in Biblical Archaeology, a Ph. D. in Fine Arts, and a J.D., all from Harvard. A co-author of the leading textbook on art law (including its international aspects), he teaches Cultural Property & Heritage Law. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultural Property.

Francisco Valdes, co-founder of the LatCrit movement, uses that perspective to explore human rights and, constitutional issues in America's relations with, among others, Cuba, Spain and Chile. He has also taught Comparative Law.

Law Library

Research at UM is facilitated by the very large international, comparative and foreign law materials in our library. Miami Law’s acquisition budget is the ninth largest among law schools. Faculty members sponsor many individual student research projects in a typical year on international topics. Additional opportunities to do original research or to act as an editor are provided by the school's two internationally-oriented law reviews, the Inter-American Law Review, and the International and Comparative Law Review.

In the News: Alumni & Students in Stories Related to International Law

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Mentorship to LL.M. Student Results in Article in Prestigious International Journal
Global Legal Skills Soar with International Moot Court Successes in 2016-17
Winning LWOW Team Joins International Incubator
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Student Argues Reproductive Rights of Incarcerated Women at Conference in Dominican Republic
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Human Rights Clinic Students Travel to Haiti to Research U.S. Deportee Issues
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LLM on YouTubeLL.M. Programs Relating to International Law

The School's graduate programs provide opportunities for post graduate study, individual research, and specialization in aspects of international law including: (LL.M.) in International ArbitrationTaxationTaxation of Cross-Border InvestmentU.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained LawyersInter-American LawInternational Law, Maritime Law, and Real Property Development.

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