The concentration in International Law and Human Rights is designed to give students deeper exposure to the rapid changes in which global, international and domestic law and dispute-resolution intersect. A practice in Chicago might, for example, involve real estate disputes with foreign investors or renters. A human rights NGO hoping to investigate rumors of widespread violations abroad must be able to interpret the rules around engaging with the country’s leadership, the UN and ordinary citizens. The implementation of a bilateral or regional trade policy might affect small farmers and their families. The concentration requires that the student successfully complete at least two of the many offerings listed below as well as co-ops, clinics or independents studies in a related area to prepare themselves for global law practice, or domestic practice in which international or foreign law will be an important factor. It is recommended that students also pair international, foreign and migration courses with domestic courses in order to gain a perspective on how US constitutional and common law differs or intersects with, the laws of other nations.

Interim Concentration Advisor: Professor Sonia Rolland

Core Courses:

  • International Law
  • Human Rights and the Global Economy

Relevant Courses:

  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic
  • Comparative Law: Law, Markets & Democracy in East Asia
  • Disability Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Global Energy Justice
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience
  • Human Rights in the United States
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigrant Justice Clinic
  • International Business Regulation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International and Foreign Legal Research
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Prisoners’ Rights Clinic
  • Private Litigation in the Public Interest
  • Problems in Public Health Law
  • Public Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Refugee/Asylum Law
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights
  • Social Welfare Law
  • The Rights of Non-Citizens


  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.
  • Students must submit a “Concentration Declaration Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs no later than October 1st of their last year.
  • To finalize the concentration, students must submit a “Concentration Certification of Completion Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs not later than the end of the second week of their final quarter.

Please note that concentrations are available only to those students who entered in the fall 2020 term or prior.  
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