Lewis & Clark Law School understands that in today’s global economy, even lawyers practicing exclusively in the United States encounter transactions, disputes and other matters having an international component. The international context raises unique issues and requires special skills.
Our Global Law program, designed to give students the foundation they need to meet that challenge, has three components:
A broad and deep global law curriculum
We offer at all times a variety of courses and seminars within each of the following 5 principal areas: public international law, international business law, international environmental law, international dispute resolution, and comparative law. We have made it a priority to ensure that we have at least one full-time faculty member teaching in each of those areas (rather than relying on adjuncts), and we now have a permanent roster of more than 20 global law courses and seminars. We have also partnered with other law schools to provide focused summer programs and other educational opportunities on global law issues in foreign countries. We have also established the Global Law Certificate and curriculum planning guides to give students structure to their study of global law.
Focus on the practical
We believe that global law is increasingly of significant practical relevance, and we give students diverse opportunities to learn practical skills and obtain work experience within a global law context. Our offerings include the International Environmental Law Project; a multitude of global-law-themed externships that provide the opportunity to engage with lawyers in foreign countries in a structured learning environment; the Jessup Moot Court competition; and weaving practical skills into “podium” classes. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in public interest legal activities that involve immigrant communities or have other components related to international legal issues.
Engagement with the broader global legal and academic community
We provide broad exposure and access to global legal concerns by bringing to campus prominent local, national, and international figures, by connecting our students to organizations involved in global law, and by maintaining a robust international LLM program in environmental law. Our MOUs with law schools in Europe and India result in faculty exchanges, joint conferences and other projects, and one-semester visits to LC by foreign students. The LS continuously strives to increase the diversity of our student body, including JD and LLM degree students from outside the United States.
Global Law News
Bob Klonoff, Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law, has authored an article on why class actions have not gained traction outside the US, which he will be presenting in late May in Istanbul at the Congress of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL). The IAPL is an organization of distinguished civil procedure professors from around the world.
President Obama recently visited Portland to promote two major free trade and investment agreements that his administration is currently negotiating with a large number of foreign countries: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In connection with that visit, KATU news reporter Katherine Kisiel asked Professor Foster to outline the arguments for and against these agreements and to identify their potential impacts. She also asked him to break down certain draft legislation co-sponsored by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, which is designed to facilitate the negotiation of these agreements and their approval by Congress. Excerpts from that interview aired shortly before a speech by President Obama at Nike’s world headquarters, as part of KATU’s coverage of the event.
2013 graduate Shayna Rogers’s article “Sexual Violence or Rape as a Constituent Act of Genocide: Lessons from the Ad Hoc Tribunals and a Prescription for the International Criminal Court” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming volume of the George Washington International Law Review.