Cross-Cutting Initiatives

  • Transnational Legal Orders. The Center studies and evaluates the development of transnational legal orders that combine public and private international, national, and local initiatives to address social problems that transcend national borders. These initiatives span substantive areas of law, including business, economic, environmental, human rights, and health law.
  • A New Legal Realist Approach to International Law. The new legal realist approach to international law uses empirical study and experimentalist problem-solving techniques to understand and address international and transnational problem-solving through law.

Specific Initiatives

  • Human Rights Law, spanning civil, political, economic and social rights, with particular concentrations on freedom of expression pursuant to Professor David Kaye’s work as UN Special Rapporteur, women’s rights, health law, and comparative constitutionalism.
  • International and Transnational Economic Law, spanning trade, investment, finance, corporate governance, competition, and intellectual property law.
  • International and Transnational Dispute Settlement and Conflict Resolution. Examining empirical and normative alternatives for the resolution of international and transnational conflicts and disputes.
  • Transnational Judicial Governance. Analyzing and explaining the contributions of domestic courts to global governance, including through the application and development of public international law and conflict of laws principles.
  • Law and Development, including the rule of law, and economic and human rights law implicating development.
  • Transitional and Restorative Justice; Peacemaking and Peace Keeping. Study of and consultations with nations undergoing transitions from conflict, war, civil war, dictatorships and mass atrocities (Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia).
  • Globalization and Legal Education. Examining the rise of corporate law, increasing education in transnational law, theories of transnational law and relevant pedagogy in transnational legal settings, the adoption of U.S. models including full-time professors, post-graduate education, and clinics, and the global competition for students, revenues, and prominence.