Because of the dynamic character of international economic law, the IIEL adopts a broad-based approach toward the field. The Institute focuses on those disciplines that have a strong economic law orientation at the school, and where, especially in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the demand for legal, scholarly and policy expertise has been most profound.
The field of international economic law has deep historical roots. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Bretton Woods Institutions were created, including the International Monetary Fund, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and the World Bank. These institutions were designed to promote global welfare through sound policies, international cooperation, and global agreements aimed at harnessing the benefits of trade, investment, finance, and development.
This legal, policy and institutional construct provided the framework for an accelerating pace of globalization over the ensuing decades. Since then, each of the major pillars – trade, finance, monetary and investment – have evolved differently reflecting varying global challenges and political and economic landscapes. Developments in technology, communication and transportation have meanwhile required that the fields maintain at times overlapping jurisdictions and respond to competing forces of regulatory convergence and divergence that implicate a panoply of institutions and practices from shadow banking and currency manipulation to regional trade and arbitration.
The IIEL recognizes the complex character of international economic law, and adopts a broad-based approach in teaching, scholarship and curricular offerings. Within such a complex field, the IIEL focuses on disciplines that have a strong economic law orientation and are in high demand for students.
Some of our popular course offerings:
Current Issues in Transnational (Private International) Law Seminar
Global Commerce and Litigation
Global Securities Offerings
Globalization and Systemic Risk
International Business Negotiations
International Business Transactions
International Commercial Arbitration
International Debt Workouts
International Finance and Regulation
International Protection of Intellectual Property Through the WTO
International Tax Law
International Trade Law & Regulation
International Trade and Investment Litigation and Strategy
Islamic Finance Law
Law of Money
Law, Politics, and Policy in WTO & US Trade Law
Litigation Practice in International Arbitration
Project Development and Finance
U.S. and International Customs Law
WTO & Public International Law
World Trade Organization: Agreements, Negotiations & Disputes
International Trade, Development & the Common Good
Investor-State Dispute Resolution Seminar
Trade and Integration in the Americas