Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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The Curriculum

Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s international law curriculum is unique in four respects:

• We offer International Law as a First Year elective course (view courses), providing students a head-start in exploring and developing expertise in the field.
• Second- and third-year students may take a variety of international law labs and clinics to gain real-world experience working with actual clients, such as our Homeland Security/United States Coast Guard Lab, War Crimes Research Lab, Global Corporate Governance Lab, Global Financial Integrity Lab, and Immigration Law Practicum.
• We offer a six-week summer study abroad program in the Netherlands, semester abroad externships at six international tribunals, student and faculty exchanges with Canadian universities, a semester abroad program in China at three top universities, and Case Abroad at Home featuring mini-courses taught in Cleveland by distinguished foreign scholars during the week before fall semester.
• Students who take the introductory International Law course and nine additional credit hours in international law specialty courses, listed below, may earn a certificate of concentration and graduate with honors in international law or national security law.

LLM Degrees for Foreign Lawyers
The Master of Laws degree is a one-year, full-time program designed to give graduates of foreign law schools an opportunity to study the U.S. legal system and international law and trade, and to become truly capable lawyers in the 21st century’s global economy. Our LLM students have access to 170 JD courses, as well as courses especially designed for the needs of the LLM students (U.S. Contract Law, Doing Business in the U.S.). Our foreign LLM students, who come from 70 countries, form a close-knit community and become involved in law school activities with their JD classmates. LLM students benefit from individual attention and guidance in a family atmosphere. They receive comprehensive instruction in U.S. legal research, writing, and analysis, and a weekly workshop to monitor individual progress. Students who complete one of our LLM degrees may apply to transfer into our law school’s JD program.

LLM in International Criminal Law
Established in 2011, the LLM in International Criminal Law provides U.S and foreign lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law, and national security law, and will equip them to practice international criminal law before international tribunals or national courts. To receive the degree, LLM students must take a total of 24 credit hours in international criminal law-related courses at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, LLM students must complete a major writing project, either as part of one of the Labs or Seminars or as an Independent Research Project in conjunction with one of the other international criminal law-related courses. LLM students may participate in the International Tribunal externship at one of six war crimes tribunals in the spring semester in lieu of taking 12 credit hours worth of courses.

LLM in United States & Global Legal Studies: Focus on U.S. legal research, writing, and analytical methods with a flexible curriculum to meet each individual student’s career goals. Students may earn certificates of concentration in: Health Law, Public International Law, Intellectual Property Law or International Business Law.

LLM in Intellectual Property Law: Focus on the doctrine and policy of U.S. intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trades secrets. Foreign patent attorneys who do not have an LL.B. but work in IP are also eligible to apply.

LLM in International Business Law. Now Available On-Campus and Online: Focus on academic analysis and practical applications of U.S. business law as applied to international transactions. Program is also open to foreign candidates who hold a foreign or a U.S. business degree.

Summer Language and Law Institute: Open to any foreign legal professional or international student, this intensive four week training experience in Legal English aims to introduce students to the U.S. legal system.

Case Abroad at Home
Introduced in August 2005, the "Case Abroad at Home" program comprises a series of one-credit mini-courses taught by international experts from universities in other countries. The courses augment our regular international law curriculum. They are offered at the law school and taught intensively the week before the start of the fall semester.

In August 2012, visiting faculty will teach the following courses:

An Introduction to the Chinese Legal System
Instructor: Professor Shi Daxiao, Fudan University School of Law, China

Chinese Business Law and Financial Markets
Instructor: Professor Li Guo, Peking University Law School, China

Contemporary Developments in International Human Rights Law
Instructor: Brianne McGonigle Leyh, PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

European Trademark Law and Traditional Knowledge
Instructor: Professor Giulio Zanetti, Director, Strategic Networks Department, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Rome Italy (Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts)
Visiting faculty who have taught in this program previously:
-Professor Ljiljana Biukovic, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (External Relations of the European Union);
-Professor Olivier Cachard, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Management, University of Nancy, France (Electronic Commerce from a European Perspective) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts;
-Professor Jonathan Clough, Monash Law School, Australia (Cybercrime) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts;
-Xia Fei, Professor, East China University of Politics and Law, China (Chinese Criminal Law System);
-Lingyun Gao, Lecturer of Law and Assistant to the Dean, Fudan University School of Law, China (Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Law: Doing Business in China);
-Professor Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens, University of Toronto, Canada (Comparative Human Rights Law);
-Noam Lubell, Lecturer, Law Faculty, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland (Int'l Laws of Armed Conflict);
-Peter Mezei, Assistant Professor, University of Szeged, Hungary (Comparative Digital Copyright, Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts);
-Judge Lex Mooy, Dutch Criminal Court, The Netherlands(Criminal Aspects of the European Court of Human Rights);
-Dr. Bronwyn Naylor, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Victoria, Australia (Crime and Gender);
-Dr. Chidi Oguamanam, Director, Law & Technology Institute, Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia,Canada(Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts;
-Valerie Oosterveld, Professor, University of Western Ontario, Canada (International Criminal Law/Human Rights);
-Professor Tina Piper, McGill University Center for Intellectual Property Policy, Quebec, Canada(Open Science Norms: Implications for IP Law) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts;
-Professor Christopher M. Rassi, Esq., Legal Adviser, Office of the Prosecutor, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Atrocity Law and Trying International Crimes: the Legal and Political Challenges of Bringing Justice to the Victims of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, and Terrorism)
-Professor Marco Ricolfi, University of Torino School of Law, Torino, Italy (European Trademark Law and Geographic Indications) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
-Professor Mira Sundara Rajan, Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law, University of British Columbia School of Law, Canada(Cultural Aspects of Intellectual Property) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts;
-Professor Thomas Telfer, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada (Comparative Bankruptcy Law)
-Professor Andrew Tettenborn, University of Exeter, United Kingdom (Comparative Commercial Remedies);
-Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, Associate Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, University of Melbourne, Australia(International Trade and Intellectual Property) Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts;
-Judge Inés Mónica Weinberg de Roca, Argentina(Atrocity Law);
-Professor Dr. Huang Wushuang, Associate Dean, Intellectual Property School, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China (IP Law in China) (Cosponsor: Center for Law, Technology & the Arts)
-Tom Zwart, Professor, University of Utrecht School of Law, The Netherlands (Comparative Constitutional Law);

The program is coordinated by Professor Jon Groetzinger. Student inquiries may be directed to Professor Jon Groetzinger (

Faculty interested in teaching in this program should contact Associate Dean Michael Scharf (, Director, Frederick K Cox International Law Center.

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.