With an exceptionally large number of full-time faculty members with research and teaching interests in international legal subjects, Miami Law has extensive programs and course offerings in international, foreign, and comparative law as well as transnational practice. In addition, the city's tremendous diversity and very large percentage of foreign-born residents make it a laboratory for many issues brought on by globalization.
Experiential Learning: International Exchange and Moot Competitions
The law school offers exciting international exchange programs, LawWithoutWalls program, international moot court competitions and internship possibilities, as well as numerous opportunities to engage in legal research on international topics.
Curriculum Relating to International Law
The term "International Law" covers a number of subject areas. Most faculty members when they teach courses normally thought of as domestic law, include some international materials in the following areas:
Public International Law
This is the law governing relations among nations, including such areas as environmental protection, the laws of war, the global economy and the role of international organizations. Increasingly it also involves rights individuals have to be protected from war crimes and from human rights abuses committed by their governments. Courses in or relating to this area include:
- International Law
- International Economic Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Environmental Law
- International Criminal Law
- Press Freedoms in the Americas (seminar)
- Democracy, Constitutions and Human Rights Seminar
- International Organizations (seminar)
- Arms Control (seminar)
- Research Methods in International, Foreign and Comparative Law Seminar
- International Moot Court (workshop)
- Globalization and Law Seminar
- U.S. Constitution and International Law Seminar
- Foreign Relations Law
- Immigration Law
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Internet Law
- Cultural Property and Heritage Law
- Asylum and Visa Workshop (S)
- Advanced Immigration Seminar (S)
- Citizenship Seminar
International Business and other Trans-Boundary Issues
This is the law that governs or otherwise facilitates international trade, banking, financing, investment and the transfer of intellectual property, as well as many other recent developments that have become increasingly important because of globalization, such as international family law. Courses in or relating to this area include:
- International Business Transactions
- International Copyright Law
- Transfers of Intellectual Property Rights
- Doing Business in Latin America
- Doing Business in Brazil
- International Sales
- International Credit Transactions
- Project Finance in Latin America
- International Tax
- International Finance
- International Family Law
- Aviation Law
- Banking Law
- Antitrust Law
- Communications Law
- Securities Regulation
Foreign and Comparative Law
This area consists primarily of courses that investigate the general principles that govern the civil law system used in most of the world, and its comparison with the common law system used in the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, India and other English-speaking countries. It also includes a wide variety of subjects dealing with the laws of the European Union, Latin America, and specific countries. We teach some comparative law courses in Spanish – the first school in the country to do so on a regular basis. Courses in or relating to this area include:
- Comparative Law
- European Community Law
- Caribbean Law
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Comparative Food Law
- Comparative Corporate Governance
- Comparative Criminal Law (in either English or Spanish)
- Doing Business in Latin America
- Law of Obligations (in Spanish)
- Islamic Legal System Seminar
- Project Development and Finance in Latin America
- Introduction to German Law Seminar
- Comparative Contract Law Seminar
- Basic Notions of Latin American Contracts Workshop
- Legal Regulation of Class Conflict in Democracies Seminar
While some of the law governing the oceans and maritime commerce is domestic U.S. law, the fundamentals and much of the applicable law fall under the Law of the Sea, a branch of public international law. Courses in or relating to this area include:
- Law of the Sea
- Admiralty 1
- Admiralty 2
- Coastal Law
- Marine Ecology & the Law
- Maritime Personal Injury
- Law of the Sea Seminar
- Marine Insurance Seminar
- Marine Pollution Seminar
- Advanced Admiralty Workshop
Law Reviews and Student Organizations with International Focus
- International & Comparative Law Review
- Inter-American Law Review
- International Law Society
- International Moot Court Board
- Maritime Law Society
- Student Organization for Human Rights
The University of Miami School of Law has one of the largest number of faculty members who teach or do scholarly research in the area of international and foreign law of any American law school. Only international law, comparative law and closely related subjects are listed under teaching below. However, every Miami Law Professor also teaches domestic law subject. Additional courses are taught by local attorneys with specialized international expertise, and by distinguished visiting foreign scholars.
Chairs of International LL.M. Programs
Bernard H. Oxman, Richard Hausler Professor of Law is Chair of our Maritime Law LL.M. Program. A graduate of Columbia Law School and former attorney for the Navy and the State Department, Professor Oxman is the one of the world's leading experts on the Law of the Sea. He is the only American to serve as a Judge ad hoc on both the International Court of Justice (the "World Court") and on the Tribunal of the Law of the Sea. A leading authority on public international law, he is currently serving as the co-editor of the American Journal of International Law. Professor Oxman teaches the Law of the Sea course and Conflict of Laws.
Jan Paulsson is the holder of the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair and the chair of the White & Case nternational Arbitration LL.M. Program. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and holds a Diplome d'études supérieures spécialisées from the University of Paris. His many scholarly publications include Denial of Justice in International Arbitration and The Idea of Arbitration. He has served as counsel or arbitrator in over 500 arbitrations in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa. He has also acted before a great variety of international tribunals including the International Court of Justice and is currently also the president of both the London Court of International Arbitration and the World Bank Administrative Tribunal.
Caroline Bradley is Chair of the LL.M. in International Law (General). A Cambridge University LL. M. graduate with first class honors, she worked for one of England’s largest and best-known law firms before joining the faculty of the London School of Economics. Prof. Bradley writes about comparative and transnational financial law and securities regulation. She teaches European Community Law, International Finance. Her weblog is at blenderlaw.umlaw.net.
International Arbitration Institute
Marike Paulsson is Director of the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute and Lecturer in Law. She is a former counsel at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. She has authored numerous publications on international arbitration and the 1958 New York Convention. Professor Paulsson is the author of the upcoming treatise on the New York Convention, “The 1958 New York Convention in Action.” She is writing her Ph.D at Leiden University on enforcement of annulled awards under the New York Convention.
Key Faculty in the Area of International Law
Irwin P. Stotzky graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and was a Visiting Scholar at Yale. As Fulbright Scholar to Argentina, he later served as an advisor to then Argentine President Alfonsin on human rights matters during the critical years of that country's transition from a military dictatorship to a democracy. He has also worked over three decades to improve human rights in Haiti and the status of Haitian immigrants in the U.S. He has served as an attorney advisor to Haitian Presidents Aristide and Preval. His numerous books and other publications include Transition to Democracy in Latin America: Role of the Judiciary and Silencing the Guns in Haiti: The Promise of Deliberative Democracy.
Stephen J. Schnably received his J.D. from Harvard Magna cum Laude and studied at Oxford on a Knox Fellowship. Before he joined the faculty, he worked for the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, gaining extensive experience in the field of international arbitration. He writes in the fields of international human rights law, the OAS human rights system, comparative constitutional law, and the relationship of international law to constitutional law. He teaches international law, international human rights, and comparative constitutional law.
Richard L. Williamson spent 17 years in the Federal Government, serving in the Air Force, the Foreign Service of the State Department and the Senior Executive Service of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He then graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and was an associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Washington. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Leipzig Germany, and served for two years as the interim Chair of the International Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Miami. He is co-Director of the UM-Leipzig exchange program. He writes in the fields of international and comparative environmental law, and arms control. He teaches international law, international environmental law, and seminars on Arms Control and German law (with Prof. Abraham).
David Abraham has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to entering law school, Professor Abraham taught for many years in the history department of Princeton University, where his special expertise was Germany during the Weimar period. He was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He is the co-director of the UM-Leipzig exchange program. Professor Abraham teaches Immigration, Citizenship Law, and seminars on Citizenship and Identity, Law and Transition to Capitalism, and German Law (with Williamson).
Distinguished Foreign Visiting Faculty
Highly acclaimed scholars regularly visit the Law School, normally for a part of the year, and teach one or two courses in their areas of expertise. Every year, other foreign Visiting Professors teach at Miami. In the past several years these have included scholars from Italy, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and Israel.
Other Faculty with Teaching and Research Interests in International/Comparative Law
Ricardo J. Bascuas has had extensive criminal law experience as a law clerk to a Federal Judge, in private practice and as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. He teaches International Criminal Law.
Charlton Copeland served as a law clerk to Justices Richard J. Goldstone and Catherine O'Regan of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. His research interests include comparative constitutional law.
Stephen M. Diamond teaches in the area of comparative regulation of food and beverage law, particularly contrasting U.S. and European Union approaches.
A. Michael Froomkin is globally regarded as a leading expert on Internet law including the Internet's international implications and its governance, on which he has lectured and written extensively. He has served as an advisor to the U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization, and has taught International Law.
Michael H. Graham received a master's degree in criminology from Cambridge University and a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on the English criminal trial system. He has written extensively on transnational litigation.
Frances R. Hill received a Ph.D. from Harvard, having done extensive research on law and politics in Africa, and a J.D. from Yale and an M.A. in African history and politics from the University of Birmingham (England) as a Fulbright Fellow. She practiced in the D.C. and London offices of Jones Day and has written on cross-border transactions and cross-border philanthropy. She is the Director of our nationally ranked LL.M. program in Taxation.
Elizabeth M. Iglesias, a co-founder of the LatCrit movement (the legal, economic and other difficulties facing the Latina/o community), also teaches International Criminal Law and International Economic Law. She has written, lectured and produced documentaries on the adverse effects of globalization.
Stanley I. Langbein has served as attorney/advisor in the Office of International Tax Counsel of the U. S. Treasury Department. He teaches International Tax and is the author of a leading textbook on the subject.
Lili Levi's scholarship deals with a variety of communications law matters including broadcast regulation and copyright. She teaches International Copyright Law.
Bernard Perlmutter is Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the University of Miami School of Law's Children & Youth Law Clinic. He has engaged in significant legal, human rights and policy advocacy on behalf of children, including unaccompanied immigrant children, and his scholarship focuses on the constitutional and therapeutic interests of children in the custody of the state. In addition to teaching in the Children & Youth Law Clinic and other courses on families and children, he teaches transnational family law in Miami's Tour de España program.
Robert E. Rosen teaches International Sales. He has also done comparative research on the role of lawyers.
Stephen K. Urice received a master's degree in Biblical Archaeology, a Ph. D. in Fine Arts, and a J.D., all from Harvard. A co-author of the leading textbook on art law (including its international aspects), he teaches Cultural Property & Heritage Law. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultural Property.
Francisco Valdes, co-founder of the LatCrit movement, uses that perspective to explore human rights and, constitutional issues in America's relations with, among others, Cuba, Spain and Chile. He has also taught Comparative Law.
Research at UM is facilitated by the very large international, comparative and foreign law materials in our library. Miami Law’s acquisition budget is the ninth largest among law schools. Faculty members sponsor many individual student research projects in a typical year on international topics. Additional opportunities to do original research or to act as an editor are provided by the school's two internationally-oriented law reviews, the Inter-American Law Review, and the International and Comparative Law Review.
LL.M. Programs Relating to International Law
The School's graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced study, individual research, and specialization in aspects of international law including: (LL.M.) in International Arbitration, Taxation, Taxation of Cross-Border Investment, U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers, Inter-American Law, International Law, Maritime Law, and Real Property Development.