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.

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
Robert Ahdieh

Robert Ahdieh

Vice Dean, K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law

Areas of Expertise: Contracts, Comparative Law, Federalism, Corporate Federalism, Emerging Markets Law, International Trade Law, Russian Law

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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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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.