The Center for International and Comparative Law promotes the study and understanding of international and comparative law, and of the political and economic institutions that support the international legal order.
Established in 1994, the CICL sponsors research, publication, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge about international legal issues, with special emphasis on human rights, democracy, intellectual property and international business transactions.
Initiatives are coordinated with other University System of Maryland institutions through the System Associates Program and the John Sumner Stead Colloquium on International and Comparative Law.
The Center hosts a number of visiting lecturers, events and colloquia throughout the year, including annual John Sumner Stead Lecture on International and Comparative Law and the Stead Colloquium on International and Comparative Law. The Center regularly welcomes Visiting Scholars and Fellows from across the globe for a semester or longer. Our Faculty Members teach various subjects in international and comparative law, which allows students to concentrate their studies international and comparative law. The Center provides students with a unique opportunities, including the Student Fellows program, Study Abroad, and Semester Exchange opportunities. Faculty also work closely with the International Law Society, the International Law Journal, and the Jessup Moot Court Competition.