Academic Legal Centers

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Academic Legal Centers

Institute for International Law and Justice (New York University):
The Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ) brings together the research, scholarship, teaching and outreach activities of New York University School of Law’s acclaimed international law program. The Institute is closely connected with leading scholars and research institutions worldwide. It integrates the Law School’s scholarly excellence in international law into the policy activities of the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, law firms, and industry.

The Institute’s research and scholarship is organized through three affiliated thematic centers and programs: the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice, and the Program in the History and Theory of International Law.

Institute for Global Security Law & Policy (Case Western University):

The events and aftermath of 9/11 have made security and counter-terrorism fundamental, if not defining, concerns for the world community, nations, companies, the legal system, and individuals. The Institute develops and integrates the best learning from the academic and the real world and draws on numerous disciplines and experiences to provide innovative and world class programs, research, teaching, and service on the issues of security and counter-terrorism. The work of the Institute serves as an invaluable resource to governments, businesses, organizations, the legal profession, and the general community.

International Human Rights Law Institute (DePaul University):

The Institute is dedicated to developing and promoting international human rights law and international criminal justice through fieldwork, research and documentation, publications, and advocacy. While the Institute does not sponsor direct litigation, faculty and staff support domestic and international cases through clinical educational programs, technical assistance and training. The Institute coordinates a broad array of teaching, research, and advocacy projects throughout the world, with a special focus on the Arab World and the Americas.

Center for Law and Global Justice (University of San Francisco):

The Center for Law and Global Justice works university-wide in a multi-disciplinary environment, recognizing that promoting the rule of law with justice requires cooperation among all disciplines. With that objective in mind, professors across the University have formed the Human Rights Working Group which works directly with the Center on its projects.

Institute of International Economic Law (Georgetown University):
The mission of the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) is to encourage thoughtful and scholarly attention to a broad range of subjects that concern the relation of law to cross-border economic activity. The Institute emphasizes research of fundamental, long-term, systemic problems and possible solutions, based upon empirical observations and experience, and theoretical and multi-disciplinary approaches. The work of the IIEL could potentially influence actual events and provide important critiques of policies, negotiations, or court and tribunal cases.

Institute of Global Law (University College London):
The Institute was set up in 2000 and acknowledges the impact of law across national boundaries and the need to deepen inquiry into comparative approaches to law and legal study.The Institute is an active teaching and research centre and also provides an outstanding legal resource through its translated cases and statutes from Germany, France and other jurisdictions.

Institute for International Business, Economics & Law (University of Adelaide- Australia)
The Institute for International Trade is dedicated to the advancement of study in support of those who work in today's global economy, whether they are in business, government or academia.

Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies (Washington University at St. Louis)
By promoting an integrated approach to student, faculty, and community interaction, the Harris Institute functions as a center for instruction and research in international and comparative law, expands our knowledge and understanding of real-world issues and prepares lawyers for the professional challenges of the 21st century.

Sydney Centre for International and Global Law (University of Sydney)

The Centre's goals are to promote excellence in the teaching of international law; to make a major contribution to international legal scholarship;to play a significant advisory role for governments and non-governmental organizations in the Asia Pacific region in matters of international law; and to enhance public awareness of, and interest in, international law.

Centre for Global Law and Human Rights (University of Natal, South Africa)
The core mission of the Centre for Global Law and Human Rights is to engage in research and training on the relationship between human rights and economic, political, and social issues, with the ultimate goals of strengthening commitment to democracy and principles of social justice in the SADC region, and of fostering the moral legitimacy necessary for business within the SADC to participate with confidence and respect in the regional and global economy. The Centre will implement programs that address the co-requisite imperatives of human rights preservation and global economic participation, and it will position itself as an SADC-wide resource for research, training, and community outreach in these critical areas. Particular emphasis will be placed on provision of training for black lawyers, business-people, and public sector employees of the SADC region, and steps will be taken to ensure gender equity among fellows, students, and trainees of the Centre.

Center for Global Law & Policy (University of California, Santa Clara)
To advance international and comparative law scholarship and education among Santa Clara Law students, faculty, and community by:
(i) increasing awareness and knowledge of international and comparative law;
(ii) providing opportunities for faculty and students to examine, experience, and contribute to international law on a first-hand, personal basis;
(iii) establishing a nationally and internationally renowned platform for quality scholarly exchange of ideas in and knowledge of international law; and
(iv) developing leaders in the international community.


Center for International Law and Policy (New England School of Law)

The Center for International Law and Policy at the New England School of Law was established in 1996 to promote the study and understanding of the relationship between international law and policy, with special emphasis on problems of an economic, environmental, criminal, or humanitarian nature. To this end, the Center sponsors research, publication, teaching, pro bono assistance, and the dissemination of knowledge in these areas.

Center for International Law
(New York Law School)
Center for International Law supports teaching and research in a broad range of areas of international law. The Center derives much of its strength from interaction with New York City's business, financial, and legal communities.

Center for International Law and Comparative Studies (St. Louis University School of Law)
Through its educational programs and scholarly activities, the Center for International and Comparative Law ensures that the faculty's graduates have the education they need to pursue professional opportunities throughout the world.
The Center builds networks and alliances locally and internationally, making the School of Law a mid-western hub for legal scholarship in international and comparative law. Regional law practice brings an ever-increasing contact with global transactions and the Center provides high quality legal talent that is conversant and comfortable with other cultures and legal environments.

Amsterdam Center for International Law (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
The ACIL was established under its present name in 1998 in order to integrate the various research activities related to international law at the Faculty of Law of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, to solidify and expand the position of the Faculty as one of the leading research centres for international, European and constitutional law in the Netherlands and to serve as a focal point for co-operation with foreign institutions and researchers in these fields of law.

Comparative and International Law Institute [CILI] (The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law)

The main goal of the Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI) is to expose students to the public and private fields of international law, international trade, and business and private foreign investment. The Institute conducts research and sponsors colloquia and symposia on subjects that vary widely from joint ventures in Europe to international terrorism.
The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law University of Cambridge
The Centre's objectives are:
• To promote the development of international law through research and publication
• To serve as a forum for the discussion of current events and issues in international law
• To provide an intellectual home in Cambridge for scholars of international law from
around the world to pursue their research in a stimulating and congenial atmosphere


Academic Legal Journals

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (University of Indiana)
By focusing directly on globalization as involving not only a shift in the scale of law, but also (and especially) the dynamics of domestic legal processes, the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies intends to be instrumental in creating a new and important body of scholarship to deal with global issues, helping to stimulate debate as well as create new, analytical frameworks that will enhance our understanding of the nature of law and society in the global era in which we now live. (faculty-edited, biannual, interdisciplinary)

Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business (University of Richmond)
Addresses timely, overarching issues at the intersection of law and business. The hallmark of our organization is an annual symposium. RJGLB offers the symposium to educate practicing attorneys and legal scholars on current business, international, and legal topics. (biannual, student-run, accredited)

Washington University Global Studies Law Review (University of Washington in St. Louis)

Global Studies Law Review aspires to further and promote research and scholarship on international, foreign and comparative legal topics. (student-edited, triennially)

ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law (International Law Students' Association- Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center)

The ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law is an academic legal publication sponsored by the International Law Students' Association of Chicago, IL, United States, and housed at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Florida, United States.

Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights (Northwestern University)
The Journal of International Human Rights (JIHR) is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to providing a dynamic forum for the discussion of human rights issues and international human rights law. The Journal seeks contributions from professionals, scholars, and experienced field workers of every background, including but not limited to law, business, political science, public policy, economics, sociology, religion, and international relations.


Legal Organizations

Centre for Research on Globalization: law and Justice section (Montreal)
The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars journalists and activists.

Global Policy Forum: Globalization and Law Section (New York, NY)
Global Policy Forum’s mission is to monitor policy making at the United Nations, promote accountability of global decisions, educate and mobilize for global citizen participation, and advocate on vital issues of international peace and justice.

Law and Development (University of London)
This site aims to contribute to the understanding of the importance of the linkages between legal issues and economic progress, and strives to support an applicable concept of how law can aid development.

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) (Washington, DC/ Latin America)
CEJIL's principle objective is to achieve the full implementation of international human rights norms in the member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) through the use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights and other international protection mechanisms.

Center for Development of International Law (CDIL) (New York, NY)
It was established to promote the development of international law and strengthening of the international legal order. CDIL advocates increasing the application of international law to individuals. CDIL also works to further the awareness of the interdependence between international and local laws and initiatives.

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Exists to advance the understanding of international and comparative law, and to promote the rule of law in international affairs.

The Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute (PAIL Institute)
Nonprofit organization devoted to furthering the observance of international law through research, consulting, and publishing monographs and other educational materials.

International Law Institute (Washington, DC regional centers: Kampala, Uganda, Abuja, Nigeria, Cairo, Egypt, Santiago, Chile Hong Kong, SAR)
ILI’s mission is to raise levels of professional competence and capacity in all nations so that professionals everywhere may achieve practical solutions to common problems in ways that suit their nations’ own needs. In working to fulfill that mission, ILI activities have grown from pure research to practical training and education in Washington, its regional campuses, and elsewhere; advising governments and private entities internationally; and publishing.

Globalization Centers

Globalism Institute (RMIT University, Australia)

The Globalism Institute is the public face of a university-wide research strength in globalisation and cultural diversity at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Focus on the Global South (Chulalongkorn University- Bangkok, Thailand) Research, policy analysis and advocacy on the political economy of globalisation and the impacts of neo-liberalism on the Global South, providing analysis and information to social movements, activists and networks.

Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (Deakin University, Australia)
The Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ICG) is based on wide networks of research affiliations and operates at the cutting edge of international research.
The overarching aim of the Institute for (ICG) is to make a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the changing ways in which people collaborate, participate in and identify with society. To understand the forms of collaboration, participation and identity two major concepts are employed. These concepts are citizenship and globalisation.

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization (Yale University)
The programs and activities of the Center share a common purpose and aim toward one or more goals, all serving to stimulate discussion and examination of the core issues and to connect individuals and institutions whose work contributes to the debate on globalization. Central to YCSG’s goals is to link academia and the policy world. The Center’s multimedia flagship publication, YaleGlobal Online, multiplies the effects of the internal and external dimensions of our program. It is through YaleGlobal that we disseminate information to an audience much wider than that of the specialist and contribute to the general intellectual enterprise of understanding globalization.

Center For Globalization And Policy Research (UCLA)
The Center was established in the autumn of 2000 in response to the growing need for informed research and debate on all aspects of globalization, and, in particular, on the many difficult policy questions that are being raised as globalization runs its course.The Center for Globalization and Policy Research will act as a focal point in the School of Public Affairs and in the UCLA community at large for critical investigations of these and related issues. Particular emphasis will be placed on research leading to viable public policy solutions to specific problems. The Center will serve as a clearinghouse for both individual and joint research projects, and it will host public lectures and occasional conferences on globalization and its effects.

Center for Globalization & Governance (Princeton Univeristy)

Our mission is three-fold. First, we seek to create a large and dynamic community of scholars and students interested in both the academic and policy dimensions of globalization and international governance. A second element is to foster greater integration among various parts of the social sciences at Princeton University. The final element of our mission is to foster engagement with the broader academic and policy community.

Noteworthy Blogs 

Lauren Wolfe (Journalist, Witer, Director or Women Under Siege) 

Lauren Wolfe is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications from The International Herald Tribune to She is currently the director of the Women Under Siege, a project on sexual violence and conflict spearheaded by Gloria Steinem at the Women’s Media Center in New York. Previously, she was the senior editor of the Committee to Protect Journalists, where she focused on journalists and sexual violence. Her CPJ report “The Silencing Crime”—for which she interviewed more than 50 journalists around the world—broke ground in documenting the issue.