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International Law and Policy

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Whether you seek to protect human rights or interpret health, tax or environmental policy, international law should play an increasingly important role in your decision making. This concentration aims to improve your ability to understand, negotiate and litigate in the global community.

Curriculum and Requirements

Concentration Requirements

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.

Required Courses

  • International Law (3 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (2-3 credits)

Core Courses

  • International Trade (3-4 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (2-3 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice (2-3 credits)
  • International Tax (2 credits)
  • International Comparative Health Law (2-3 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (2-3 credits)
  • Admiralty
  • Advanced International Law
  • Aviation Law
  • Conflict of Law
  • Foreign Tax II
  • International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict
  • International Litigation in U.S. Courts
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Law of the Sea

Elective Courses
Certificate recipients must earn the balance of their 18 credits from the following courses. (Note: 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.

School of Law courses:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Environmental Law
  • Introduction to Mediation
  • Computer and Internet Law
  • Immigration and Naturalization Law
  • National Security Law
  • Counterterrorism Law
  • Beijing Institute
  • China Law Program Abroad
  • Chinese Law
  • Introduction to the Irish Legal System
  • Irish Constitutional Law

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 prior to enrolling in these courses.

  • EC 250 International Economics
  • IB 201 Globalization and International Business
  • IB 311 International Marketing
  • IB 324 Negotiating Internationally
  • PL 337 Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)
  • PO 211 Introduction to International Relations
  • PO 311 Topics in International Relations
  • PO 331 Topics in Comparative Government
  • PO 321 Comparative Government
  • Modern Languages. You may apply up to six credits of modern language study toward your concentration requirements. 

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)
  • Externship and other domestic and international experiences approved by both a concentration co-director and the associate dean

Writing Requirement
You must complete a paper of a quality that would satisfy the law school’s 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.