Center for International and Comparative Law
Dr. Frank Emmert is Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law. He is also the founder and managing editor of the European Journal of Law Reform. More about Prof. Emmert...
The Center for International and Comparative Law is the nucleus for all of the law school's international law programs, including our LL.M. programs, summer study abroad programs, and other international activities and internships. The Center's mission includes:
- Enhancing the curriculum and teaching of international and comparative law at the school;
- Conducting legal and empirical research on key issues in international and comparative law;
- Promoting law reform and legal infrastructure development in developing countries; and
- Fostering greater knowledge and understanding of the global dimensions of law through linkages with institutions in countries around the world.
LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers. The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law program offers lawyers from around the world the opportunity to learn about law and legal institutions in the United States. Students are required to complete a total of 24 credit hours of required and elective courses.
LL.M. in International and Comparative Law. The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law program will be launched in 2004 with the goal of enrolling approximately equal numbers of American and foreign students. Students will be required to complete a total of 24 credit hours of courses chosen from such areas as public international law, conflict of laws, international business transactions, international trade law, international human rights law, comparative law, and European Union law. A thesis is required for 2-4of the 24 credit hours.
LL.M. (Master of Laws) International & Comparative Law Track – Egypt. The LL.M. degree awarded by IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law is now offered to qualified students on-site at Alexandria University and Cairo University Faculties of Law in Egypt. This program is made possible, in part, through a grant from USAID.
International Moot Court Competitions. The Center encourages and supports student participation in a number of prestigious international moot court competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the European Union Law Moot Court Competition, the International Environmental Moot Court Competition, and the Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.
Distinguished Visitor and Judge-in-Residence Programs. Each year the Center sponsors visits by prominent scholars and practitioners who present guest lectures and public lectures in the area of international and comparative law. Additionally, the Judge-in-Residence Program brings prominent jurists from around the globe to Indianapolis to speak with students and meet with members of the local, state, and federal judiciary.
European Journal of Law Reform. Launched in 1998, the European Journal of Law Reform (EJLR) provides a forum for interdisciplinary debate on proposals for law reform and the development of private and public international law in Europe. The journal is jointly edited by faculty of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London University), and the University of Basel School of Law in Switzerland, with the assistance of a team of student editors in Indianapolis.
Indiana International & Comparative Law Review. Launched in 1991, the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (II&CLR) is devoted to the study and analysis of current international legal issues and problems. The review is edited by second and third-year law students chosen by their academic standing and performance in a writing competition.