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International and Humanitarian Law

Emory Law encourages an interdisciplinary and experiential study of international law, comparative law, and national security law that prepares students to make an immediate impact in the legal world. Emory Law’s diverse course offerings and unique experiential and advanced study opportunities foster a dynamic environment for students, faculty, and the broader community. Co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities give students the chance to work directly with international tribunals, militaries, nongovernment organizations, and other entities.

Adjunct Faculty Teaching International and Humanitarian Law

Faculty Spotlight

Laurie Blank

Laurie R. Blank is clinical professor of law, director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, and director of the Center for Comparative and International Law. She teaches the law of armed conflict and works directly with students to provide assistance to international tribunals, non-governmental organizations and militaries around the world on cutting edge issues in humanitarian law and human rights.

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Laurie Blank

David J. Bederman Fellowship in International Law

This prestigious fellowship is awarded each year to up to two Emory Law students to study in the Summer Programme at the Hague Academy of International Law. The fellow is named for Professor David Bederman, a renowned international law scholar and long-time faculty member at Emory Law.

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The International and Humanitarian Law Clinic (IHLC)


IHLC students work on the front lines - researching ways to hold perpetrators accountable, working on detention, targeting and other issues in contemporary conflict, and partnering with the US military on strategies for enhanced education and training in the law of armed conflict. These students learn more than the practice of law - they are work both in the US and abroad to minimize the devastating consequences of war for soldiers and civilians.

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Student Organizations

Emory National Security & Military Law Society

The National Security and Military Law Society (NSMLS) is dedicated to creation of an effective, non-partisan forum for informed dialogue on U.S. National Security issues and foreign affairs, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between security issues and the law. NSMLS engages with professionals in the field to host speaking engagements and career panels. Events in the past have included career panels, JAGs from the service branches, counsels from federal agencies, and representatives from non-profits.

International Law Society

The International Law Society brings together students with a common interest in private and public international law. One of the largest practice societies at the Law School, the organization brings together a diverse set of students and professionals to discuss topics of immediate relevance and import in the field of international law, and sponsors international business, public policy, and cultural events. It assists students in preparing for careers in international law, provides information on educational and work opportunities abroad, and acts as a liaison with other international groups, especially the Center for International and Comparative Law and the Emory International Law Review.

International and Humanitarian Law in the Media