Students who earn the certificate for this concentration will learn critical and foundational concepts in international human rights, tax and criminal law, and will put theory into practice during externships that include experiences in Ireland and Nicaragua. To enrich this program and to provide a real world connection for your studies, we have forged collaborative partnerships with the Albert Schweitzer Institute, the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Oxford Human Rights Seminar, the United Nations and other important international partners.
Students develop literacy in the language of international relations that can prepare them to advocate, negotiate, mediate and litigate globally as well as locally. Students put theory into practice by participating in our established international programs or by arranging an externship, which can include placement virtually anywhere in the world.
International experiences combined with externship opportunities provide a path to expansive career options.
Curriculum and Requirements
International Law and Policy Concentration
1. Course Work
Certificate recipients must earn 18 international law credits from the following categories of courses (not all courses are offered every year), including at least 11 credits from the following required and core courses.
|LAWS 361||International Law||3|
|LAWS 516||International Business Trans.||3|
|LAWS 360||International Criminal Law||3|
|LAWS 363||International Comparative Health Law||2|
|LAWS 429||International Human Rights||2|
|LAWS 430||International Trade||3|
|LAWS 477||International Tax||2|
|LAWS 517||Int'l Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict||2|
|LAWS 634||Int'l Human Rights Law & Trans. Justice||1-2|
|Certificate recipients must earn the balance of their 18 credits from the following courses (not all of these courses are offered every year). In addition, a concentration co-director may approve, on an ad hoc basis, courses that, in a particular semester, have a significant international content.|
|LAWS 362||National Security Law||2-3|
|LAWS 367||Counterterrorism Law||2|
|LAWS 374||Introduction to Mediation||2|
|LAWS 379||Environmental Law||3|
|LAWS 437||Computer and Internet Law||2|
|LAWS 515||Alternative Dispute Resolution||2-3|
|LAWS 572||Immigrat'n & Natural'n Law||3|
|Other university courses|
|You may apply toward the 18 credits you need to earn for the International Law and Policy Concentration up to 6 credits earned in other Quinnipiac University departments. You must obtain the permission of the professor teaching the course, a concentration co-director, and the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs before enrolling in these courses.|
|EC 350||International Economics||3|
|IB 201||Globalization and International Business||3|
|IB 311||International Marketing||3|
|IB 324||Negotiating Internationally||3|
|PL 337||Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)||3|
|PO 211||Introduction to International Relations||3|
|PO 311||Topics in International Relations||3|
|PO 331||Topics in Comparative Government||3|
|PO 321||Comparative Government||3|
|You may apply up to 6 credits of modern language study toward your concentration requirements.|
2. International Experience Requirement
Concentration earners must also complete one of these international experiences:
- Participation in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, in conjunction with the International Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice course
- Participation in the Law School’s delegation to the Oxford University Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Seminar
- Participation in the Law School’s delegation to the annual Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Seminar at Yale, Quinnipiac, and the United Nations
- Participation in the Law School/International Human Rights Law Society Nicaragua experience
- Participation in the Law School’s summer program at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland (the 6 credits from this program apply toward the concentration requirements)
- Domestic or international externship or other experiences approved by both a concentration co-director and the associate dean for academic affairs; if an externship, the placement must also be approved by the externship professor.
3. Writing Requirement
You must complete a paper of a quality that would satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement and that addresses an international law topic approved by a concentration co-director. A concentration co-director must approve the topic in advance, unless the paper is written in connection with one of the listed required or core courses. A paper written for a journal may qualify if a concentration co-director approves the topic in advance.
Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the course work used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors.
A student may designate any course or paper as not counting toward the concentration, so long as it is not required for the concentration and the student meets the concentration requirements with another course or paper.
A concentration co-director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement), if they both agree to do so.