Center for International and Comparative Law
The Center for International and Comparative Law explores the interactions among international and domestic legal systems of the world from various perspectives, such as politics, finance, trade, crime, human rights, religion, the environment, immigration, tax, and labor.

International law, both public and private, cannot be understood without a working knowledge of comparative politics, history, and culture. By tapping into Emory University’s rich and vast resources, Emory Law encourages an interdisciplinary and experiential study of international law that prepares you to make an immediate impact in the legal world.

Scholar in the Spotlight: Professor Margo Bagley 

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Launching a project in Malawi utilizing near-infrared spectrometers paired with smart phones to detect falsified medicines. Participating in a pan-African consultative conference to help formulate Ethiopia’s negotiating position at the November 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Contributing as legal expert in Geneva for the African Group of the World Intellectual Property Organization at an expert workshop to develop African Group positions for all of the different committees in the WIPO. Cohosting a conference at the London School of Economics on synthetic biology and the Nagoya Protocol.

These are just a sampling of Professor Margo Bagley’s contributions to international intellectual property and global health. Professor Bagley’s teaching has also taken her abroad to Singapore, Germany, Israel, and Cuba. She notes that “the wonderful thing about teaching international and comparative patent law internationally, and even in the U.S. — because I will often have students with international backgrounds — is the diversity of views and experiences. It all makes for very rich dialogue during class.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Professor Bagley did not take any international law courses when she was a student here at Emory. Nevertheless, she heartily explained, “there have been so many times where I wish I had. It would have been helpful. It would have made so many things so much easier. So, take international law if you can!”

When asked if she had any advice for students, Professor Bagley said, “Find something that you are interested in, do it, and do it well. Doing things well will open up opportunities for you. And having it be something that you have an interest in, even if not quite a passion, although a passion is really great, is going to increase the likelihood that you are going to do it well.” 

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Extracurricular Opportunities

The study of international and comparative law is not confined to the classroom at Emory Law. Students can expand their studies by participating in

  • Emory International Law Review 
  • International law moot court team, sponsored by the Moot Court Society
  • International Law Society
  • National Security & Law Society
  • Externships through The Carter Center 
  • Networking with leading international lawyers through the international law sections of the Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations and through the offices of general counsel of major international firms
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Human Rights, Islamic Law, Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Law, International Human Rights Law, Law and Religion

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Laurie Blank

Laurie Blank

Clinical Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: International Humanitarian Law, Law of Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law, National Security Law

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Morgan Cloud

Morgan Cloud

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, Comparative Constitutional Law, Pretrial Litigation

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Mary L. Dudziak

Mary L. Dudziak

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Civil Rights History, Constitutional Law, Constitutional and Legal History, Law and War, Diplomatic History, Foreign Relations Law, Legal History

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Martha Albertson Fineman

Martha Albertson Fineman

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Child Advocacy, Children's Rights, Equality Theory, Family Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Sexuality and Law, Women and the Law, Reproductive Issues

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Teemu Ruskola

Teemu Ruskola

Professor of Law; Affiliated Faculty Member in Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, and History

Areas of Expertise: Chinese Law, Comparative Law, Contracts, Corporations, International Law, International Legal History and Theory

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Johan van der Vyver

Johan van der Vyver

I. T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights

Areas of Expertise: International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law

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John Witte Jr.

John Witte Jr.

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law; McDonald Distinguished Professor; and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Areas of Expertise: American Legal History, Human Rights, Law and Religion, Legal History, Marriage and Family Law, Religious Liberty

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Barbara Woodhouse

Barbara Woodhouse

L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Children's Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Comparative and International Family Law, Constitutional Law, Child Welfare, Family Law, Adoption

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Paul Zwier

Paul Zwier

Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise: Advocacy, Trial Techniques, Torts, Evidence, International Dispute Resolution

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These courses are offered on a regular basis, though not all are offered every year:

  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Comparative Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Customary Law
  • Emerging Markets
  • European Union Law
  • Foreign Relations Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Humanitarian Law Clinic
  • International Law
  • International Litigation
  • International Organizations
  • International Tax
  • International Trade Law
  • Income Tax Treaties
  • Islamic Law
  • Jewish Law
  • Law and Biodiversity
  • Law of Common Spaces
  • Law of International Sale of Goods
  • Patent Law
  • Russian Law
  • Trade Law
  • Trademark Law
  • War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society (seminar)
  • Western Legal Tradition

In addition, there are seminars in specialized subjects offered from time to time, and many opportunities for independent study with one or more faculty members.