International Legal Studies

International Legal Studies

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At Harvard Law School, "international" is not just something we teach. It is something we are. 

The HLS community includes students from more than 85 countries. In 2013-14, hundreds of students worked, studied, and conducted research in 52 countries. More than half of the Harvard Law faculty incorporate international and comparative perspectives in their teaching, scholarship, and public service in a significant way. This year, they offered more than 90 HLS courses and reading groups focusing on international, foreign or comparative law. The scores of visitors and scholars from abroad, and over 4,500 alumni who live outside the United States, help make HLS truly international. Our research centers host hundreds of talks, workshops, and conferences with an international focus. And all of this activity draws on the world's foremost academic law library.

At HLS an international perspective is foundational, rather than peripheral, to legal inquiry. And this forms the basis for scholarship and action that have tangible impact in the world. These pages detail how integral international, foreign and comparative legal studies — or ILS — have become to HLS and what a difference they make.

Just as Harvard originated much that is now commonplace in American approaches to international legal education — including specialized courses in international law, a student-edited international law journal, and an international law library — Harvard Law School today is reshaping international legal studies for the 21st century.

Recent ILS News

  • Professor Roberto Unger Appointed Brazilian Minister of Strategic Affairs

    Roberto Mangabeira Unger LL.M. ’70 S.J.D. ’76, the Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been appointed the Minister of Strategic Affairs in Brazil by the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff.
  • Harvard Law School LL.M. Class of 2015 celebrates at annual International Party

    On Feb. 14, the Harvard Law School LL.M. Class of 2015 hosted the International Party, an annual event at the law school for more than a decade that has served as an opportunity for graduate students to share their culture with the entire HLS community.
  • Harvard convenes international meeting on clinical trial recruitment

    The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center convened an international panel of experts at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland for a workshop entitled “Clinical Trial Recruitment: Problems, Misconceptions, and Possible Solutions,” on Jan. 19-21.
  • Internet Monitor report examines religious skeptics in Arab cyberspace

    The recent report "Arab Religious Skeptics Online: Anonymity, Autonomy, and Discourse in a Hostile Environment," authored by Helmi Noman and published by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society's Internet Monitor project examines the emergence of religious skeptics in Arab cyberspace.
  • From politics to pop music: A look back at fall 2014 at HLS

    A former NBA All Star turned humanitarian. Supreme Court justices. Student protests. Take a look at some highlights of the people who visited and events that took place this semester at Harvard Law School.
  • Reflections on the Digital World: Internet Monitor releases 2014 report

    Internet Monitor, a research project based at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, recently published the project's second annual report, "Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World," a collection of roughly three dozen short contributions that highlight and discuss some of the most compelling events and trends in the digitally networked environment over the past year.
  • At HLS, panelists discuss the future of digital media in sports marketing

    At a December 2 event sponsored by Harvard Law School's Brazilian Studies Association and its Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, experts convened at to discuss digital media's place in the future of the global sports business model.
  • The Lee and Li Foundation establishes a fund for the public interest at Harvard Law School

    Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that The Lee and Li Foundation, based in Taiwan, has made a generous gift to establish The Lee and Li Foundation Fund for the Public Interest at Harvard Law School.
  • At the Center of the Profession

    The legal profession is going through dramatic change, affected by factors ranging from globalization to new technology to a fragile economic recovery. And a Harvard Law School institution dedicated to studying the profession is undergoing its own big change.
  • President of a community without borders

    Every two years, the Harvard Law School Association appoints a new president to oversee an organization aimed at fostering engagement and community among the nearly 38,000 alumni living in 148 countries around the world.

Last modified: January 20, 2015

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