International Law

Gain an International Perspective in One of the Most Global Cities in the United States 

With one of the largest number of faculty members who teach or do scholarly research in the area of international law of any American law school, the University of Miami School of Law is renowned for its Global and International Law Program. With an extensive course catalog in international, foreign, and comparative law, you can prepare to work in a transnational global environment, in international commercial and investment arbitration, to address significant issues of international law and practice, and to engage with global policy issues relating to climate change, migration, trade and finance and health. 

Positioned at the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami’s tremendous diversity makes it a laboratory for issues brought on by globalization, which allows Miami Law students to study in one of the most dynamic cities in the U.S. For students looking to study and work overseas, our multiple externship and study abroad options provide unique opportunities to broaden legal perspective, study transnational and interdisciplinary law, and build international networking contacts.

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We are in a unique position with the depth of our practices worldwide to be the adviser of choice for clients who need their lawyers to be tuned into the financial, commercial, regulatory, and political dynamics of their industries and markets.”  

Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr., J.D. ‘95 
Global CEO 
Hogan Lovells 
Washington, DC 


Courses*

FOREIGN AND COMPARATIVE LAW 
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law 
Comparative Company Law: US and Latin America
Comparative Law
Cuba: Law, Policy, and transition
Dispute Resolution in Latin America (in Spanish)
Doing Business in Latin America
Entertainment Law in Latin America
European Sports Law
Foreign and International Legal Research
International and Comparative Media Law
International Arbitration and European Union Law
International Arbitration in Latin America & the Caribbean
International Transactions: Europe
International Transactions: Latin America
International Treaties
Islamic Legal System
Jewish Law and the Talmud
Latin American Contracts
Law and Power in the European Union
Structuring Latin American Investments
Structuring US Investments in Latin America
Treaty Interpretation
UN Negotiations
UNCITRAL Model Law and Its Impact on Latin America
World on the Move

HUMAN RIGHTS 
Climate Change and Human Rights 
Fundamentals of Human Rights
Human Rights and the Environment
Human Trafficking
International Human Rights Law
International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy

INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Basic Concepts in International Arbitration
Complex International Negotiation 
Cross-Cultural Collaboration 
Cross-Cultural Mediation 
Drafting Complex Arbitration Clauses 
Evidence in International Arbitration 
Forensic Advocacy in International Arbitration I and II 
ICSID Practice and Procedure 
International Arbitration and The New York Convention 
International Commercial Arbitration 
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar 
International Dispute Resolution and the New Economy 

    International Sports Arbitration 
    Investment Arbitration 
    Mediation, International Moot Court  
    Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration 
    Transnational Litigation and International Arbitration with a European Nexus

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND CROSS-BORDER TRANSACTIONS
    Comparative Transfer Pricing 
    Compliance Challenges in Emerging Markets 
    Cross Border Transactions
    Cybersecurity Policy & Regulations
    Deal Skills: Cross-Border Finance
    Globalization and Investment
    International Anti-Corruption
    International Bankruptcy
    International Business Law
    International Business Transactions
    International Estate Planning
    International Finance
    International Inbound
    International Intellectual Property
    International Investment Agreements
    International Law of State Responsibility
    International Sales
    International Sports Law
    International Tax
    International Trade Law
    Latin American Contracts in Spanish
    Legal Environment of the Cruise Industry
    Multinational Estate Planning
    Professional Responsibility for US and Multinational Practice
    Spanish for Lawyers I and II
    Spanish taught skills courses

    PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW & POLICY
    China Water Policy 
    Climate Change Law and Policy  
    Comparative Criminal Justice 
    Immigration Law 
    International Anti-Corruption Law and Practice 
    International Criminal Law 
    International Cultural Heritage Law 
    International Economic Law 
    International Environmental Law 
    International Law 
    Law of the Sea 
    National Security Law 

    Academic Programs and Concentrations 

    Global and International Law Program
    Human Rights Program
    Concentration in Business Compliance and Sustainability
    SJD Program

    Clinics and Practicums

    Human Rights Clinic
    Immigration Clinic
    Environmental Justice Clinic

    Joint Degrees

    J.D./LL.M. - International Arbitration 
    J.D./LL.M. - International Law 
    J.D./LL.M. - Tax (with International Concentration)
    J.D./LL.M. - U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers 
    J.D./M.A. - Latin American Studies 

    International Opportunities

    International Moot Court Program: The only one of its kind in the U.S., Miami Law offers a unique and comprehensive program in which students travel and compete, in Spanish and English, in competitions around the world. Some have included:

    • Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot 
    • Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court  
    • Inter-American Human Rights Competition 
    • International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition 
    • The International and European Tax Moot Court  
    • Willem C. Vis Arbitral Moot 
    • La Competición Internacional de Arbitraje y Derecho Mercantil (Moot Madrid) 
    • La Competencia UBA-Rosario International Commercial Arbitration  
    • International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot  

     

     

     

    International Exchange / Study Programs: The law school offers 25+ study abroad options in 13 different countries, including:

    Barcelona, Spain - ESADE Law School  
    Berlin, Germany - Free University  
    Bogotá, Colombia - University of Los Andes School of Law 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina - University of San Andrés 
    Cali, Colombia - Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 
    Florence, Italy - Faculty of Law at the University
    Dublin, Ireland - University College Dublin
    Ghent, Belgium - Ghent University 
    Haifa, Israel - University of Haifa
    Hamburg, Germany - Bucerius Law School
    Hong Kong - Department of Law, University of Hong Kong 
    Madrid, Spain - Comillas Pontifical University  
    Madrid, Spain - Instituto Empresa IE 
    Paris, France - Université Paris Descartes  
    Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Fundacão Getulio Vargas School of Law 
    São Paulo, Brazil - University of São Paulo Law School  
    Segovia, Spain - Instituto Empresa IE  
    Shanghai, China - Fudan Law School
    Shenzhen, China - Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL)
    Versailles, France The University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Faculty of Law and Political Science  
    Weisbaden, Germany - EBS Law School  

    Courses and Programs with Global Partner Schools:  

    • Law Without Walls (LWOW)
    • Zurich Seminar ProgramThis program promotes the scholarly exchange of ideas between students and faculty from Miami Law and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Students and faculty members from both law schools meet twice a year (January or February in Miami and May in Zurich) to discuss transnational and comparative law issues in business and finance.
    • Leipzig-Miami Program – This program promotes the scholarly exchange of ideas between students and faculty from Miami Law and the University of Leipzig, Germany. Students and faculty members from both law schools meet twice a year (January or February in Miami and May in Leipzig) to discuss ten topics relating to law or policy incorporating both German and U.S. legal perspectives.
    • Global Sports and Entertainment Law with the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) – This one or two-week program in Madrid, Spain and Miami is for law students and professionals who are interested in broadening their understanding of the differences and similarities between the U.S. and the international entertainment and sports law landscapes.
    • International Cultural Heritage Law Course at University of Geneva – This summer course taught in cooperation with the Art Law Centre of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, develops students' awareness and general understanding of the primary legal issues of international cultural property and art law.

    Extracurricular Opportunities

    STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
    Alliance Against Human Trafficking
    Environmental Law Society
    Human Rights Society
    Immigration Students Law Association
    International Arbitration Society
    International Law Society
    International Moot Court Board 
    Maritime Law Society
    Military and National Security Law Society

    LAW JOURNALS
    International & Comparative Law Review - this law reviews sponsors the Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition with The Customs and International Trade Bar Association to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law.
    Inter-American Law Review – this scholarly legal periodical provides a forum in which major international and inter-American legal developments are discussed. 

    Externships and Internships** 

    Abolish153 (Kuwait City, Kuwait)  
    Centro de Los Derechos del Migrante (Mexico City, Mexico)
    Centurion Law Group, Oil and Gas Divsion (Malabo, Equatorial New Guinea)
    De Dios & Goyena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
    Gonzalez de Cossio Abogados, X.C. (Mexico City, Mexico)
    International Bridges to Justice-IBJ (Beijing, China) 
    International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes-ICSID (DC) 
    International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda-ICTR (Arusha, Tanzania) 
    Legal Assistance Centre (Windhoek, Namibia) 
    Miami Law African Neutral Trial Observer Initiative (Windhoek, Namibia) 
    Ministry of Justice (Kigali, Rwanda) 
    Núñez Muñoz Abogados - Mining Environmental law division (Santiago, Chile)
    One-Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico (Arecibo, Puerto Rico) 
    Southern Africa Litigation Centre-SALC (Johannesburg, South Africa) 
    Squire Patton Boggs (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
    The Movement for Quality Government (Jerusalem, Israel) 
    Timap for Justice (Freetown, Sierra Leone) 
    United Kingdom Legal Intern, Quadrant Chambers (London, United Kingdom)
    United Nations Development Fund for Women-UNIFEM (London, United Kingdom) 
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon-UNHCR (Beirut, Lebanon) 
    United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (New York, NY)
    U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Office of Legal Counsel (DC) 
    U.S. Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section (DC) 
    U.S. Embassy (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) 

    Faculty Experts

    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.

    Paula Arias is an expert in dispute resolution in Latin America, leads the International Moot Court Program. 

    Caroline Bettinger-López is a Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. She also serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a recipient of a Roddenberry Fellowship for her COURAGE in Policing Project.

    Caroline Bradley is the Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, coordinating and overseeing all of Miami Law's efforts in its Global and International Law Program – including all LL.M. programs. She is also the Chair of the LL.M. in International Law, writes about comparative and transnational financial law and securities regulation, and teaches in the areas of European community law and international finance. 

    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.

    Tamar Ezer is the Acting Director and a Lecturer in Law with the Human Rights Clinic and the Faculty Director of the Human Rights Program.

    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 a leading authority on international disputes and investment, complex negotiations and crisis management.

    Carolyn Lamm is the Distinguished Faculty Chair of the the chair of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program and is a prominent practitioner in international arbitration and dispute resolution, trade matters and cross-border commercial federal court litigation. 

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

    Denisse Córdova Montes is a Practitioner in Residence in the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.

    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. Oxman was honored with 2021 Manley O. Hudson Medal by The American Society of International Law and is ASIL’s highest honor.

    Jessica Owley is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director for the Environmental Law Program.

    Ileana Porras is a Senior Lecturer and teaches international Law and international environmental law.

    Alejandro Portes is a Professor of Law and Research Professor & Distinguished Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences and an expert in international migration.

    Pablo Rueda-Saiz is an Associate Professor of Law with expertise in international and comparative law. 

     Other Faculty with Interests in International/Comparative Law and Human Rights 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 has taught 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. 

    Elizabeth M. Iglesias, a co-founder of the LatCrit movement (the legal, economic and other difficulties facing the Latina/o community), also has taught 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 has taught 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 has taught international copyright law.

    Robert E. Rosen is Professor of Law Emeritus and has also done comparative research on the role of lawyers.

    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 has taught 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.

    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 has taught 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.

    Conferences, Lectures, Centers

    International Arbitration Institute
    International Law Lecture Series 
    Annual White & Case International Arbitration Lecture
    Global Entertainment and Sports Law Industry Conference
    Louis Henkin Lecture Series on Human Rights

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     *Course list is not exhaustive and does not set out a path of study. 
    **List is not exhaustive and is intended to provide examples of past externships and internships.