Public International Law

International law is one of the fastest growing legal fields. The types of public service work and practice settings vary widely. The U.S. Government hires attorneys to work on international issues in many of its agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency, to name just a few. Hundreds of lawyers also work at the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, international tribunals, the International Criminal Court and other intergovernmental organizations. Finally, there are thousands of non-governmental organizations throughout the world that focus on international issues, including but not limited to, development, human rights, the environment law, energy, trade, arms control, and transitional justice.  Click on each heading to learn more about the international setting, different areas of international public interest law and to find out more about resources available to you at HLS.

Last modified: April 23, 2014

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