Research Programs and Centers

Harvard Law School is home to some 20 research programs and centers, many of which are international in their focus. These provide a myriad of opportunities for students to pursue their international interests through speaker series, workshops, debates, conferences, collaborative research, pro bono projects and more. The programs and centers also provide a prime venue for meeting students with shared interests and for interacting with the rich array of visitors — foreign and domestic, academic and practice-oriented — who spend time at Harvard each year.

The following research programs and centers are among those with a significant international, foreign or comparative dimension:

  • Human Rights Program provides direction to international human rights work at HLS by fostering student participation in courses, clinical engagement, summer fellowships, a speaker and events series, applied research and scholarship.
  • East Asian Legal Studies is the nation's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive research program devoted to the law and legal history of the peoples of East Asia and their relations with the U.S.
  • Founded almost two decades ago, the Program on International Financial Systems conducts research, provides international forums for the exchange of ideas, gives public policy advice to governments, and educates international lawyers.
  • Institute for Global Law and Policy focuses on the work of younger scholars in European legal studies who bring new ideas and perspectives to comparative and international legal study.
  • Islamic Legal Studies Program seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of Islamic law through objective and comparative methods.
  • International Center for Criminal Justice pursues interdisciplinary research and policy proposals designed to address global crime, national security, and corruption.
  • The Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) provides a space for research on critical challenges facing the various fields of public international law related to armed conflict.
  • The mission of the Program on the Legal Profession is to increase understanding of the structures and norms of the legal profession in the United States and around the world, through research, scholarship and teaching.
  • The Harvard Law School Project on Disability works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide and to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Last modified: December 15, 2014

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