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School of Law

International Law

International & Comparative Law The international and comparative law concentration focuses students on the examination of the nature and sources of international law, procedures for handling disputes, sanctions, the roles of individual, state, region and world organizations, the law of the sea and space and an analysis of current challenges. Students are required to enroll in one experiential course to complete the concentration. The faculty advisers for this concentration are Mortimer Sellers and Nienke Grossman.

Required course:
International Law

Choose three of the following:
Comparative Law
Immigration Law
International Business Transactions
International Criminal Law: Courts, Crimes and Defenses
One course offered in the Summer Abroad Program in Aberdeen, Scotland
One course offered in the Summer Abroad Program in Haifa, Israel
One course offered in the Winter Abroad Program in Curacao
Conflict of Laws
Foreign Taxation (GTP)
IP Law Policy - National and International
Law and Human Rights
Maritime Law
Special Topics (Aberdeen faculty)
Special Topics (Haifa faculty)
Other ABA-approved study abroad programs (only one course in any single program can be counted)
Any course taken in a foreign law school for which UB grants credit toward the JD degree
Any course/activity listed in below in the next two categories that are not also being used to satisfy the requirements in those categories.

Choose one of the following writing courses:
Advanced Legal Research
Advanced Topics in International and Comparative Law Seminar |
One Human Rights Seminar
European Community Law Seminar
International Environmental Law Seminar
Military Law Seminar

Choose one of the following experiential courses or activities:
CICL Student Fellows Program
Attorney Practice Internship involving public international law (approved by the director of the Attorney Practice Jessup International Moot Court Team)
International Environmental Moot Court Team
International Human Rights Moot Court Team
Immigrant Rights Clinic I


Public or Private International Law

A student may elect a special concentration in "public" or "private" international law by completing the required course (International Law), one of the writing courses listed above, one of the experiential courses or activities listed above, one of the required courses listed below, and an additional two courses in international or comparative law topics.

Public International Law
Required: 
One Human Rights Seminar or Course. If a student takes a Human Rights Seminar, that seminar can also count for the writing requirement described above. In such case, the student would need to take three (instead of two) additional courses in international or comparative law topics. 

Private International Law
Required: International Business Transactions