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.
- In January 2024, Prof. Nienke Grossman was appointed to the Inter-American Juridical Committee, following nomination by the United States. The Committee serves the Organization of American States (OAS) in an advisory capacity to promote the progressive development and codification of international law. Its members are distinguished international law experts from across the Inter-American region. Grossman will attend the next regular session in March.
- In February 2022, Prof. Nienke Grossman participated in a two-day virtual workshop for authors of the Oxford Handbook on Women and International Law, which she is co-editing with J. Jarpa Dawuni (Howard University), Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple University Beasley School of Law), and Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg).
- In October 2021, Senior Fellow Prof. Sonya Ziaja was an invited participant at the First Annual Starved Planet Environmental Law Scholars Workshop, sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, on the topic, "The Green Constitution -- Do Environmental Rights Matter?"
- Senior Fellow Prof. Sonya Ziaja was an invited panelist at Probing Democracy -- Inaugural Conference of the Central European University Democracy Institute in Budapest, in October 2021. She spoke on the topic, "How can knowledge production contribute to (re-)democratization?"
- In October 2021, Prof. Mortimer Sellers , director of the Center, hosted the Wilson H. Elkins Conference on Republicanism Oct. 7-9 at the law school. Sellers and other noted lawyers, philosophers and political scientists discussed Republican law, Republican justice and the Republican form of government. The results of the conference will be published by Oxford University Press as The Oxford Handbook of Republicanism.
- In July 2021, Prof. Nienke Grossman made a presentation,“Current Levels of Representation of Women in Human Rights Organs and Mechanisms: Ensuring Gender Parity,” to the Washington College of Law Academy on Human Rights at American University.
- In March 2021, Prof. Nienke Grossman was elected for a three-year term to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is currently serving a three-year term as co-chair of the Women in International Law Interest Group of ASIL, through 2022.
- In March 2021, Prof. James Maxeiner gave a presentation titled "The Authoritative Text as Imperative to Comprehensibility of Legislation," at the program "5th European Symposium on the Comprehensibility of Legal Provisions," which was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Berlin.
- Prof. Nienke Grossman was a panelist on “National Nomination Procedures for Judicial Elections: Why Do They Matter?,” during the 19th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, in December 2020.
- Prof. Nienke Grossman was a panelist on “Innovation to Promote Parity in Justice Systems” at the First International Forum on Justice Innovation, in November 2020. She gave her presentation in Spanish.
- In July 2020, Prof. Nienke Grossman participated in the Virtual Regional Consultation on the Preparation of Guidelines about the Current Levels of Female Representation in UN Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms.
Renowned human rights scholar and advocate Gay McDougall delivers the 25th Annual John Sumner Stead Lecture in International Law on the international community’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Oct. 28, 2020.
Prof. Nienke Grossman has twice visited the United Nations to advise on best practices for choosing judges for the International Criminal Court.
Established in 1994, CICL seeks to create opportunities for students and faculty at the Law School for deeper knowledge of, engagement with and excitement about international law. CICL sponsors research, publication, teaching and events about international legal issues, with special emphasis on human rights, women’s human rights, international courts and tribunals, democracy, intellectual property and international business transactions.
CICL’s Annual John Sumner Stead lecture is a highlight of each year at the University of Baltimore. Past speakers include a diverse group of renowned academics, scholars and practitioners of international law, such as several former presidents of the American Society of International, two former judges on the International Court of Justice, and two United States senators.
CICL has partnered with UBalt’s International Law Society, run by students at the Law School, as well as the American Society of International Law, to host various events at the law school. CICL also collaborates with partners at other University System of Maryland institutions through the System Associates Program and the John Sumner Stead Colloquium on International and Comparative Law.
CICL is proud of a number of opportunities for students to pursue their international law interests at UBalt, including regular coursework and advanced legal research in International Law, our accredited study abroad programs in Scotland and Curacao, participation in international moot court competitions, attendance at CICL events, as well as membership in the International Law Society. We are happy to announce the University of Baltimore became an Academic Partner of the American Society of International Law in the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Executive Committee of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy met at the University of Baltimore in 2018.
UB students visited the Organization of American States in April 2019, where they learned about the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from Commission staff, and met with the Chilean Ambassador to the OAS.