Our general advice to students have been to try an approach issues from different perspectives. So, for example, if a student is interested in human rights, we suggest that she also take a class in international trade or IP or international economics to see how various aspects of seemingly-unrelated areas have tremendous impact on human rights.
Some staple courses would be International Law (has been taught by Joseph Weiler, Philip Alston, Jose Alvarez), International Human Rights Law (usually taught either by Philip Alston or Ryan Godman), Economic and Social Rights seminar (usually taught by Philip Alston) International and Regional Trade Law: The Law of the WTO & NAFTA (usually taught by Joseph Weiler), History and Theory of International Law (usually taught either by Benedict Kingsbury or Rob Howse). Hauser Global Colloquium and IILJ International Law Colloquim have different themes each year but both are good in blending legal theory with cutting edge issues. Students interested in global governance should consider also Law and Global Governance seminar taught by Eyal Benvenisti.
For students interested in investment law, there are International Investment Arbitration (usually taught by Andreas Lowenfeld or Linda Silberman), International Financial Architecture Seminar (taught by Rob Howse), Investment Distputes in International Law (taught by Rob Howse), Financing Development (taught by Kevin Davis), Foreign Investment: Law and Policy (taught by Jose Alvarez).
For students interested in arbitration and dispute resolution, there is Investment Disputes in International Law (taught by Rob Howse), International Arbitration (taught by Don Donovan), International Investment Arbitration (usually taught by Andreas Lowenfeld or Linda Silberman), International Commercial Arbitration (taught by Richard Hulbert).
For students interested in laws of war/law and security/counter-terrorism, there are Law and Security Seminar (taught by Stephen Holmes and David Golove), War, Crimes and Terror seminar (taught in 2010 by Tom Gerety), Humanitarian law of Armed Conflict (taught in the past by Eyal Benvenisti), International Human Rights law (taught either by Ryan Goodman or Philip Alston). The International Human Rights Clinic and the Global Justice Clinic also have dockets related to counter-terrorism and human rights (see below for discussion of international clinics).
Students interested in international environmental law should consider the International Environmental Law course (taught by Jake Werksman), the Global Environmental Law and Policy Seminar (taught by Dick Stewart and Michael Oppenheimer), the International Environmental Law Clinic (taught by Dick Stewart), the course on Climate, Ethics and Law (taught by Dale Jamieson), and the Climate Change Policy seminar (taught by Nat Keohane).
Students may also seek opportunities to learn about international law through practical, real-world work. The International Human Rights Clinic (taught by Smita Narula) and the Global Justice Clinic (taught by Margaret Satterthwaite) offer a variety of litigation and non-litigation projects that use international human rights law as their framework for advocacy. The International Environmental Law Clinic (taught by Richard Stewart) pairs students with NGOs and multilateral institutions engaged in international legal work concerning environmental issues.
NYU also offers students interested in improving or developing foreign language skills a variety of options. For more about these opportunities, click here.