International Law Courses

Oregon Law's International Law program provides students with a critical legal analysis of a diverse number of legal systems, and raises important issues regarding human rights and immigration, international business law, and environmental law. The program provides a holistic view of global issues and challenges students to consider domestic law from a global perspective.

Specialized courses include:

Human Rights Law

Examines the development and institutionalization of the concept of human rights. What are the norms, institutions, and processes that govern protection of human rights in the international arena? How are they transmitted across national, religious, and cultural boundaries?

International Law

This course introduces students to the foundations of public international law and the contemporary international legal process. Public international law has evolved from its exclusive domain of “law among sovereigns” to an interdependent process of global governance, largely managed by inter governmental and non-governmental institutions. We consider the implications of global interdependence and the increasingly robust international judicial system for the principles and practice of public international law. Special emphasis is placed on the application of public international law to the human rights of women and ethnic minorities, humanitarian intervention, war and terrorism, refugees and internally displaced peoples, and transnational advocacy.

International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice

This course introduces students to the growing field of International Criminal Law and transitional justice. Course materials include a study of specialized international criminal tribunals (ICT-Yugoslavia and ICT-Rwanda) and Special Courts (Sierra Leone), hybrid tribunals (DRC, Liberia), and the establishment of an International Criminal Court (ICC). In addition to the machinery of punitive judicial processes, the course critically examines the field of transitional justice in countries emerging from brutal periods in their history. Students will be exposed to the choices countries face in opting between punitive and restorative justice.

Family Law in World Community

In today's interconnected world, a competent attorney must be able to use international treaties and law to benefit clients. The course examines family law topics from a transnational, international, or comparative perspective. Students will explore the application of various international instruments, including treaties and conventions, to transnational family law issues such as child custody (particularly international child abduction and child support collections). Students will also use international law to evaluate states practices regarding family violence and reproductive freedom and explores the usefulness of public international law as a remedy for clients. Finally, students will compare various countries legal approaches to topics such as the regulation of marriage, support of children, reproductive issues, assisted reproduction child-rearing practices, and children’s rights.

Human Rights and Environment

Environmental rights, increasingly recognized as a new category of human rights as well as an application of existing rights, are both substantive and procedural. Presents recent developments in international law and national law in various countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Examines international instruments, national constitutions, and legislation. Discussion includes novel international court cases that interpret and apply these rights.

International Environmental Law

Investigates treaty and customary principles of international law regarding environmental protection. Covers problems of protecting the international environmental commons, transboundary pollution, and international interest in national environmental resources.

International Trade and Investment Law

Examines U.S. and international regulatory structures, policies, and rules governing trade and investment that cross national boundaries. Emphasizes history, philosophy, and practices that characterize the World Trade Organization and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Considers regional economic arrangements and the European Union.

International Business Transactions

Examines legal issues affecting international business activity; includes forms of doing business, trading of goods, commercial terms, the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, financing, technology, transfers, foreign investment, and dispute resolution.

Law and Development

Surveys the history of legal theories implicit in economic development policies, and economic theories implicit in law & development policies.