Global Law & Practice
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Global Law & Practice

The Center provides students with specialized foreign, comparative and international courses. Students are exposed to the myriad ways in which the process of globalization increasingly impacts trade and commerce; the environment; national, regional and local governments; individual rights and welfare; and the legal profession.


The concentration in Global Law and Practice recognizes students who have sought to prepare themselves to practice in the expanding fields of public and private international and comparative law. A certificate recognizing this accomplishment is available to students who have taken a concentration of courses after the first year in international and comparative law, as part of the J.D. program at the College of Law. The Certificate may be earned by completing a concentration of the required courses for the J.D. degree from among the required and optional courses listed as eligible for Certificate credits.

College of Law students may also supplement the Concentration in Global Law and Practice by participating in other curricular and co-curricular activities, such as joint degree programs, graduate course work in the Maxwell School, Impunity Watch, the Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce, the International Law Society, the Jessup Moot Court competition, and the College of Law Summer Abroad program in London or any ABA-approved program where the course of study is international and/or comparative law, with the prior approval of the center director.

Obtaining the Certificate in Global Law and Practice

Students interested in obtaining the Certificate in Global Law and Practice should consult the list of required and optional courses and other credit opportunities. Questions regarding certificate requirements should be directed to Associate Dean Thomas French, the Interim Center Director (Office 530, Barclay Law Library) email:

Application for the Certificate in Global Law and Practice should be made by petition to the director at the beginning of the applicant's last semester of course work at the College of Law (no later than February 15 for May graduation or October 15th for December graduation). The petition should identify courses and other work already completed, and that work which was underway in the final semester, in satisfaction of the Certificate requirements. An unofficial transcript and a draft copy of the writing requirement paper (or draft, if not yet finished) should be attached to the petition. Upon review of the petition, the completed application, the transcript, and the completed written work (see Certificate Writing Requirement below), the director will recommend the granting of the Certificate to students who have met all of the requirements and who are in good standing at the College of Law.The certificate application may be downloaded here.

Program Requirements

The two required courses and a minimum of nine credits from the list of elective courses, plus the writing requirement (see below).

Required Courses

International Law **
Int’l Business Transactions* or Int’l Trade Law
Elective Courses
Nine or more additional credit hours are to be selected from the list below of upper class courses. Not all of these courses are offered every year.

Tribunals **
Canadian Law
Chinese Law **
Comparative Criminal Justice
Comparative Law
Conflicts of Law **
Counter-Terrorism and the Law  **
European Union Law
Foreign Relations *
International Communications Regulation in the US and EU
International and Comparative Labor & Employment Law **
International Criminal Law
International Environmental Law **
International, Foreign and Comparative Law Research Topics **
International Human Rights
International Law
Legal Aspects of Future War
Litigation in Regional Human Rights Courts
National Security Law *
Native American Law
Negotiating and Drafting Int'l Transactions Documents
Perspectives on Terrorism
Refugee and Asylum Law
Religion and the State
Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Reconstruction **
Sovereignty, Colonialism and Indigenous Nations
Taxation of Foreign Income and Persons
Transitional Justice
War Crimes Trials
*Scheduled to be offered Fall, 2010
** Tentative schedule for Spring, 2011

Certificate Writing Requirement

Students must complete the College of Law writing requirement on a topic of international or comparative law.