Become a part of the broadest, most diverse and dynamic program in international law and global governance of any school in the world.
Watch: Lautaro Furfaro LLM ‘22 on how the International Legal Studies program made him a better academic.
More than 15 full-time professors comprise our core international and comparative law faculty, unsurpassed in the depth of their knowledge and engagement. Our Global Faculty—celebrated scholars in their home countries invited to teach at NYU—and New York practitioners augment this deep bench of expertise.
Our professors teach and research in:
Chinese and East Asian Law
Comparative Constitutional Law
EU Law and Regional Integration
Global Governance and Administrative Law
Global Law and Tech
History of Int'l Law
Human Rights and Int'l Criminal Law
Int'l Climate, Environmental and Energy Law
Int'l Legal Theory
Int'l, Regional and Bilateral Trade
Int'l/Transnational Litigation and Arbitration
Investment and Investor-State Arbitration
Law of War and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Law and Development
UN and Int'l Organizations Law
You'll build expertise in several different areas of international, comparative, and global law to equip yourself to deal with cross-cutting issues that call for innovative approaches. Your professors will help you explore your intellectual interests within this broad field, and define the direction of your future professional development.
Three of our centers and institutes offer special programs for students in particular areas of international and comparative law:
Clinics, Colloquia, and Research Opportunities
You can apply to gain hands-on experience in our clinics and externships. In our colloquia, you'll be exposed to emerging scholarship and engage with authors writing about today's issues. This year, there are five courses of each type for students in this specialization.
You also can develop your scholarship in close consultation with a professor. Writing opportunities include: a paper for a class, an independent research project, or this degree's 4-credit thesis option. The annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference features students' writing.
Watch: Professor Philip Alston, who teaches international human rights law, talks about incorporating his human rights work into his classes.
A significant number of our centers and institutes do impactful work in international and comparative law; they convene a calendar events and organize programs for students. Student groups and journals connect JDs and LLMs with common interests.
Centers and Institutes
Bernstein Institute for Human Rights
Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Guarini Institute: Global Law and Tech
Institute for International Law & Justice
Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice
NYU Center for Cybersecurity
Reiss Center on Law and Security
US-Asia Law Institute
Get ready for your next career move as you prepare to join NYU Law's network of 40,000+ alumni:
- The Office of Career Services supports your private sector job search.
- The Public Interest Law Center assists with your future public service career.
- Apply for post-graduate fellowships for LLMs in human rights or international finance and development.
- Explore the fully-funded JSD program, research fellowships at some of our centers and institutes, and the Law School's academic career fellowships.
- Learn more about the path from NYU to the New York bar.
Meet the 2022-23 Faculty Director
José Enrique Alvarez
Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law
José Alvarez is a former president of the American Society of International Law, the previous co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, and a member of the Institut de Droit International and Council on Foreign Relations. Read more about Professor Alvarez