Transnational Law at W&L

We’ve posted previously about some of the transnational law offerings at W&L Law. Not only is Transnational Law now a required first year course, but there are ample opportunities for students to engage with the international legal community both abroad and in Lexington throughout their three years in school.

cambodian-fieldsTo learn more about one such opportunity, jump over to the blog maintained by several 3L students in the International Law Practicum, a set of clinic style courses that put students to work with lawyers in Liberia, Serbia, or Cambodia, often involving international travel. In February, the students traveled to Cambodia to work with the Defense Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, which was created by law in 2001 by the Cambodian National Assembly to try serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. In addition, W&L’s project in Liberia , which you can read more about here, was recently featured by the International Bar Association as a “best practice” in academic clinics.

On the home front, W&L attracts an array of international law scholars throughout the year for lectures and symposia. On Monday, March 22, David Caron, President-Elect of the American Society of International Law, will deliver the Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute Distinguished Lecture for spring 2010. Outgoing ASIL President Lucy Reed delivered the fall address, which you can watch here.

Ms. Reed will be back on March 29 for a symposium focused on International Investment Treaties and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The symposium, which is a joint project between W&L and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will bring academics, governments, practitioners, investors, and representatives from international and non-governmental organizations from around the world to Lexington to explore the prevention and efficient management of investment treaty disputes. You can learn more about the issues at play and the conference itself at the project website And for you Twitter fans out there, you can follow updates on the conference, including day-of coverage, by searching on the #WLUADR hashtag.

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