Lawyers must understand and interpret events in countries that have different legal systems. This concentration prepares students for careers in private or public international law. Traveling seminars offer students the opportunity to observe foreign legal systems in their native setting under expert faculty guidance. International externships are also available.
The practice of law now rarely stops at the borders of one state; many legal transactions are affected by events in other states. Quite often, lawyers are required to understand and interpret events in other countries, including the different legal systems in those countries.
From the movement of goods and services across boundaries to state succession, armed conflict between states, the international movement of persons, currency markets and exchange rates, nuclear energy and arms control, human rights and group rights, the environment, nationality and immigration law, refugees and the international movement of persons, global communications, international crimes, and the norms affecting the sea, airspace and outer space, international law has become indispensable.
The international law concentration enables students to prepare themselves for careers involving or touching on any of the subject areas covered by international law. In addition, the Buffalo Human Rights Center offers interested students opportunities for externships with international organizations in the areas of international law and human rights
To be eligible for the Concentration in International Law, students must take four required offerings that examine fundamental questions in the area of international law. A total of 18 credits, which must include the International Law Colloquium, are required for this Concentration. While the required courses are a fixed constant, the eligible courses may vary when new offerings are made and others dropped by instructors. The Colloquium has been offered every year, beginning 1998/99, for third year students. The Colloquium will be yearlong, divided into 1.5 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters, for a total of 3 credits. Students in the Colloquium must write a paper in an area of international law. Participation in the Colloquium will be by permission of the instructor. The Colloquium will meet weekly as arranged by the instructor. Only students accepted into the Colloquium and complete the required work for the Concentration will get a certificate.
*Not all courses will be offered every year, but at least one of these courses will be offered each year
Coordinator: Tara Melish