International Law

Almost every area of legal practice crosses borders in the 21st century. The International Law Concentration gives you the opportunity to hone your legal skills and gain exposure to varied aspects of multi-jurisdictional practice.


For students who are interested in a career involving international law, foreign law, or transactions and activities that cross borders, completing the International Law Concentration will help to distinguish you from other job applicants and give you the confidence and skills to practice in a global setting. The depth of our course offerings allows the flexibility of taking courses in international trade and business, public international law and human rights, and foreign legal systems, among other subjects. UC Hastings also partners with a select group of foreign law schools, giving students remarkable opportunities to study abroad. Students who are interested in this concentration should enroll in The Practice of International Law Seminar in the fall of their 2L year.

Most importantly, the experience you gain as a student of international law will help you cultivate and grow the kind of strategic, integrated thinking that gives you the confidence and skills to practice in a global setting.

The program’s faculty is comprised of international law leaders including Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza, an expert in human rights and international development; Professor Joel Paul, an expert in international trade and economic law; Professor Chimène Keitner, an expert in international civil litigation and public international law; Professor David Takacs, an expert in international environmental law; and Professor Keith Hand, an expert on the Chinese legal system. From advising the U.S. government on international law and litigation, to changing conversations about transitional justice, to breaking new ground in transnational business cases, our faculty is helping to shape the future of international law.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Concentration, you must complete a Concentrated Studies Application. After obtaining the necessary signature(s), submit the form to the Records Office. Students must be registered for the Concentration in order to enroll in The Practice of International Law Seminar in the fall of their 2L (or, exceptionally, 3L) year.

Please see the Course Catalog for the most updated information about each concentration’s requirements, including required and qualifying classes. If you have questions, please reach out to the Concentration Advisor.

Advisor: Professor Chimène Keitner

Qualifying Coursework


Students are required to take a minimum of 14 units of international law courses, which must include The Practice of International Law Seminar and at least one Foundational International Law course. We also recommend taking at least one course in Foreign and Comparative Law, and in Private, Economic, and Transactional International Law. An equivalent course taken as part of a study abroad program may satisfy the Foundational International Law requirement, and relevant courses taken as part of a faculty-approved foreign exchange program may count for up to 8 credits of the total credits required (or up to 10 credits for relevant courses taken as part of the full-year concurrent degree programs at Paris II or SOAS), with the approval of the Concentration Advisor. The Concentration Advisor may also waive The Practice of International Law Seminar in exceptional circumstances for students who choose to study abroad.

Students must also write a substantial research paper or other comparable written work that demonstrates professional and scholarly proficiency in research, analysis, and writing on some aspect of international or comparative law, either through enrollment in a seminar taught by a regular faculty member or through a 2-unit independent study under the supervision of a regular faculty member.

The courses listed here encompass those typically offered in a 2-year curriculum cycle. Different qualifying courses may be offered in a particular year. If a student seeks concentration credit for a course not listed below, the student should check with the Concentration Advisor to determine whether the course will count towards the concentration requirement.


George Bisharat

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law
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Blaine Bookey

Adjunct Professor of Law and Legal Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
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Moira Duvernay

Deputy Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
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Keith Hand

Associate Dean for Global Programs and Professor of Law and Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
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Kate Jastram

Gender Asylum Campaign Director
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Chimène Keitner

Alfred and Hanna Fromm Professor of International Law
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Andrea Lollini

Senior Fellow Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Law
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Ugo Mattei

Distinguished Professor of Law and Alfred and Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law
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Setsuo Miyazawa

Senior Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
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Karen Musalo

Professor and Chair in International Law, Director
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Joel Richard Paul

Albert Abramson Professor of Law
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H.G. Prince

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law
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Sheila Purcell

Clinical Professor and Director of CNDR
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Dorit Reiss

Professor of Law and the James Edgar Hervey '50 Chair of Litigation
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Naomi Roht-Arriaza

Distinguished Professor of Law
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Jessica Vapnek

Lecturer in Law, Associate Director of Global Programs, Director of the MSL Program
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