International Legal Studies
Welcome. The International Legal Studies Program at Berkeley Law has a long and distinguished history of faculty and alumni bringing excellence to bear on the most pressing problems of the day. The ILS Program at Berkeley today is one of the very best in the world offering a Certificate of specialization in the field.
The ILS curriculum addresses (1) public international law with courses such as humanitarian law and international environmental law, (2) private international law with offerings ranging from international arbitration to international business transactions, and (3) comparative law with courses also addressing the law of specific foreign jurisdictions such as China and Japan. Please browse the Schedule of Classes for more specific information about current and next semester classes, including detailed descriptions and schedules.
Our ILS courses are offered regularly by the permanent faculty and by distinguished adjunct faculty from practice. The following table summarizes the areas of specialization of the faculty central to the ILS Program (numerous other faculty have research interests in the field).
Public International Law
Private International Law
Richard M. Buxbaum
David D. Caron
Herma Hill Kay
John C. Yoo
Comparative and Foreign Law
Richard M. Buxbaum
These courses can be supplemented with courses throughout the University; common examples include courses at the Energy & Resources Group, the Hass Business School and the Goldman School of Public Policy.
Surrounding this array of course offerings, Berkeley Law houses what we believe to be the finest Human Rights Clinic in the nation, and offers opportunities to compete in moot court competitions, including ones involving international matters.
A variety of research and policy institutions at the School result in the presence of visitors and conferences and provide opportunities for student involvement. These institutes include:
- The G. William Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law
- The Human Rights Center
- The Law of the Sea Institute
Lastly, but by no means least, active student organizations provide lively opportunities for community, exploration and serious contribution to the field. These organizations include:
- Berkeley Journal of International Law
- International Law Society
- Berkeley Chinese Law Society
- Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights