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 Arbitration

International Business Negotiations

International Business Transactions

International Commercial Arbitration

International Debt Workouts

International Economic Law & Policy Colloquium (IELC)

Spring 2018 IELC speakers will hail from organizations such as the World Bank and other multilateral organizations, leading global law firms, the diplomatic corps, the U.S. government, think tanks and academia.  Students also will work together to solve a present day policy problem involving multiple issues of international economic law such as dispute resolution or financial technology. More information is detailed in IIEL’s Tentative Spring 2018 IELC Colloquium Syllabus.

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