Our Programs

Hassan Jallow, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with students from our International Criminal Law course (October 2013)

The St. John’s Center for International and Comparative Law sponsors a variety of programs and events throughout the academic year.

Recurring events open to St. John’s students and alumni:

Global Issues Series
The Global Issues Series brings international and comparative law scholars, practitioners, and others to the St. John’s campus to present their work and engage in discussion with faculty and students. Recent speakers include Andrew Davis, the head of the delegation of the government of Catalonia to the United States, to discuss Catalonia, Self-Determination, and the Future of the European Union; and Hassan Jallow, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, to discuss contemporary issues of international criminal law and the search for international justice. 

Student Fellows Program
Rising 2L and 3L students who have a demonstrated interest in international and comparative law are eligible for the student fellowship program. Student fellows work closely with professors on research projects and have the opportunity to be published.  They lead teams of students on Pro Bono for International Justice projects. They also assist in preparing Center events, such as the Global Issues Series and the annual symposia.

Academic Symposia
The Center hosts symposia where scholars and practitioners from around the world gather to discuss emerging global issues. The proceedings are published in the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law. Recent symposia were: “Challenges to International Law, Challenges from International Law” (2011); “Drones and Transnational Armed Conflict” (2012); “Cyberconflict: Threats, Responses and the Role of Law” (2013); “The Challenges of International Human Trafficking: Domestic Counter Trafficking Programs” (2014); and “International Religious Freedom and the Global Clash of Values” (2014).

Academic Journals
The Center oversees the publication of two journals: the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law (JICL) and the New York International Law Review (NYILR). The JICL is an online journal that is edited and supported by St. John’s students and faculty.  It publishes the work of international law scholars and also works by St. John’s students. The NYILR is the publication of the International Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

International Programs
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) and the Multilingual Legal Advocates (MLA) are among the student organizations whose activities coordinate with the CICL to introduce students to opportunities in international practice. Our successful Vis International Arbitration Moot and Jessup Moot Court teams give students the opportunity to practice international law skills and advocacy in global competitions with other law students.

International Internships
The Center takes a hands-on approach to assisting students with securing summer internships in the field of international law. Over the past few summers, rising 2L and 3L students have secured internships at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, UNICEF-Somalia, and the Court of International Trade.

Field Notes
Our Field Notes blog tracks our students working abroad and working in international law.  In addition to international internships, Field Notes covers our students involved with the Office of Transnational Programs, including the NATO Practicum, International Practicum, Academic Exchange, and Dean's Travel Program.  

CICL Pathways Program
The CICL Pathways Program, an invitation-only group, provides 1L students with a clear path for a career in international legal practice.  Students prepare for a career in international legal practice, while at the same time focusing on their 1L coursework.

Please contact us for more information about the Center's programs and offerings.