International and Comparative Law

To practice law at the highest levels of the profession, lawyers need to have a global perspective on law, ethics and strategy, and they need to be able to solve a wide range of legal problems that cross borders.  Therefore, international and comparative law has been a focus of teaching, scholarship and public service at UCI Law since the law school’s founding.

Courses

UCI Law is one of the few law schools in the United States that have incorporated a dedicated international law course into the first-year curriculum. The course—International Legal Analysis—helps students learn to solve international and transnational legal problems that they are increasingly likely to face in today’s globalized practice of law.  Students can build on these first-year foundations with upper-division international and comparative law courses such as:

  • Access to Justice in China
  • Cross-Border Trade in Intellectual Property
  • National Security Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Contracts

 

Hands-On Learning and Public Service

At UCI Law, students can get real-world international and comparative law experience through clinics and provide public service in international law through pro bono work. In the International Justice Clinic, students work with activists, lawyers and NGOs at home and around the world to develop and implement advocacy strategies concerning accountability for major human rights abuses.  In the International Human Rights Clinic, students focus on international human rights litigation in U.S. courts, participating in the litigation of pending cases at the trial court and appellate levels, including strategy discussions, evaluation of claims, discovery, briefing and preparation for oral arguments.

International pro bono projects at UCI Law have included Global Access to Medicine, the Haiti Human Rights Initiative, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.

Additional Opportunities

International and comparative law opportunities at UCI Law go beyond coursework, clinics and public service. Each year, UCI Law sends a team of students to compete in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition. Students also participate in the UCI Global Justice Summit, and they work as research assistants with professors on cutting-edge research on international and transnational law. In addition, UCI Law students have established a variety of organizations with an international focus, including the International Law Society, the Immigration and International Migration Law Society, and Space Law Society. UCI Law is also home to the John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business & Law, established as a premier research entity to facilitate and further develop important relationships between the U.S. and China as related to commerce and law, and the Korea Law Center, founded to promote practical solutions to problems arising at the intersection of U.S. and Korean law.

Related interdisciplinary programs at UCI include the Center for Asian Studies, the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Center for Research in Global and International Studies.

Recent international and comparative law events at UCI Law have included the John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business & Law Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series, lectures by global figures such as human rights advocate and former justice of the South African Constitutional Court Albie Sachs, and symposia with leading practitioners and scholars such as the Laguna Workshop, which brought together leading diplomats, activists, and academics to examine the relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court; Opposing the Criminalization of Homelessness: Building a Human Rights Framework; and Human Rights Litigation in State Courts and Under State Law.

Faculty

UCI Law’s distinguished faculty includes experts on a wide variety of international and comparative law subjects:

  • Image of Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

    Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

    Professor of Law:  Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Immigrants in the Workplace, Law and Social Movements

  • Image of Mario Barnes

    Mario Barnes

    Professor of Law: Criminology, Law & Society, National Security Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Military Law
  • Image of Dan L. Burk

    Dan L. Burk

    Chancellor’s Professor of Law: Cross-Border Trade in Intellectual Property
  • Image of Joseph F. C. DiMento

    Joseph F. C. DiMento

    Professor of Law: Planning, Policy & Design, International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea

  • Image of Bryant Garth

    Bryant Garth

    Professor of Law: International Human Rights, Law and Globalization, International Arbitration
  • Paul L. Hoffman

    Lecturer: Human Rights, Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts
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    David Kaye

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Law: Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, International Criminal Justice, the Law Governing Use of Force
  • Image of Carrie Menkel-Meadow

    Carrie Menkel-Meadow

    Chancellor’s Professor of Law: International Dispute Resolution, Globalization
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    Beatrice Tice

    Associate Dean for the Law Library and Research Professor of Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Legal Information; Comparative Study of the Publication and Use of Legal Information; Global Access to Legal Information
  • Janine Ubink

    African Law, Comparative Law, Law and Development

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    Benjamin van Rooij

    Professor of Law and Director of John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business & Law: Chinese Law and Regulation, Comparative Law
  • Ray D. Weston, Jr.

    Lecturer: International Business Transactions
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    Christopher A. Whytock

    Professor of Law: Political Science, Transnational Litigation, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws, Domestic Courts and Global Governance, Interdisciplinary and Empirical Analysis of International Law