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International and Comparative Law Program

In keeping with its educational mission of encouraging students to acquire both broad social awareness and technical professional competence, Iowa Law offers a strong program of study in the rapidly expanding fields of international and comparative law. It does so for essentially three reasons:

  • In an era of global interdependence, one must understand international law and foreign legal systems in order to be an effective lawyer.
  • As professionals and community leaders, lawyers familiar with international and comparative law are crucial to the formulation of public policy at all levels of our society.
  • The study of international and comparative law provides an essential theoretical foundation for all lawyers by affording unique insight into the nature of law and legal process.

Annual Report


Iowa offers a broad range of opportunities to study international and comparative law in its curriculum. Particular specialties include comparative law, European Union law, international business law, the law of international economic institutions, international environmental law, the law of international finance, international human rights law, the law governing international organizations and the conduct of United States' foreign policy, the law of war, and legal reform in Africa and the Near East, East and Southeast Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the successor countries to the Soviet Union.

The courses listed here include all UI-approved College of Law courses in these subject areas. The College does not offer each course every year. The PDF iconGuide to Courses contains a list of courses that have been offered within the past two academic years. It also lists courses the College expects to offer during the next academic year.

  • Advanced Immigration Law and Policy
  • Advanced Topics in International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Cultural Property/Heritage
  • European Union Law
  • Foreign Comparative & International Legal Research
  • Foreign Relations Law
  • Foundations of International Law
  • The Future of Public Law
  • Human Rights in the World Community
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • International and Comparative Family Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Finance
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Trade Law: Basic Norms & Regulations
  • International Transacting Skills
  • Introduction to the Law of France 
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law in the Muslim World
  • Law of War, Peace, and Military Affairs
  • Select Issues in Transnational Litigation
  • Select Topics in International and Comparative Law


The College of Law ensures that all of its students are exposed to international perspectives. With the exception of the special LLM tutorial and writing seminar, LLM students take their courses with JD students from the school's rich offerings on US, international, and comparative law. Foreign research scholars also audit some courses. As a JD student, you might, for example, sit in one of your first-year classes with a Chinese judge or a young German lawyer, or take an upper-level seminar with students from Zimbabwe, Mexico, or Korea.

The following professors provide the chief teaching and research support for the International and Comparative Program at Iowa Law.

Dawn Anderson
Jonathan Carlson
Bram Elias
Stella Elias
Ann Estin
Brian Farrell
Don Ford
Emily Hughes
James Leach
Aaron Page
Lorie Reins-Schweer
John C. Reitz
Christopher Rossi
Maya Steinitz​​​​​​​
June Tai
Lea VanderVelde
Adrien Katherine Wing

Opportunities for Students in International and Comparative Law

From speakers and symposia to a law library with an outstanding array of international resources, a variety of opportunities exist for all students to get involved in international issues without ever leaving the College of Law. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities include:  

Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP)
International Law Society (ILS)
​​​​​​​International Law Students Association
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

UI Center for Human Rights

For more information on the centers and their ongoing projects, visit UI Center for Human Rights.


By Mail

Associate Dean Adrien Wing
Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law
The University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113 USA

By Telephone

800-553-4692 ext. 9095 (from within U.S.) (Admissions Office)

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