The Catholic University of America
CILI Curriculum

The Institute's courses are taught by nearly 40 members of the faculty and adjunct professors. These are experts who bring practical and theoretical experience to the classroom from all venues of international law, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of International Relations, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Justice, as well as a variety of private law firms and nongovernmental organizations.

Students accepted to CILI are required to complete course work and gain practical experience through externships in the field of international law. The Institute's basic curricular requirements include six mandatory and elective courses in the international law curriculum. In addition, students must also work for at least one semester, for a minimum of 120 hours, in a Washington-area law firm, organization or governmental agency that focuses on international law. Participation in the Institute does not carry a scheduling priority for any course. Students must, however, plan their academic programs with care and in consultation with the program director.

Students select courses based on individual interests, which range from the private arena of business and trade to the public sector of various governmental and nongovernmental organizations focused on diplomacy, constitutionalism, human rights and other areas of public interest. Typically, students enrolled in the certificate program dedicate 16 of the 84 credits required for graduation to the study of comparative and international law. Students plan their academic programs by selecting from the following mandatory and elective courses:




  • Public International Law
  • Legal Externship: Becoming a Lawyer [classroom component of externship requirement]

ONE of three required

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Law †
  • Law of the European Union *

ONE of three required

  • Comparative and International Trade *
  • International Business Transactions *
  • International Economic Regulation *
 † Not to be confused with Comparative Law Seminar: Political Violence, a CILI elective.
 * Also offered during the Summer Law Program in Cracow.



Minimum of TWO required

(Students may choose from all international course offerings to fulfill the elective course requirement.)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution [course with international component ONLY]
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques
  • Comparative Foundations of Modern Law
  • Comparative Law Seminar: Political Violence
  • Conflict of Laws [course taught by Professor Destro, Perez, or Rohner ONLY]
  • Economic Development and Human Rights
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • International Civil Litigation
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law: Peacekeeping
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Regulation of Telecommunications
  • Introduction to International Arbitration and Mediation
  • Law in Conflict-Affected Societies Practicum
  • Law of War
  • Maritime Law
  • National Security Law and Policy

The courses below are offered on a rotating basis for the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, Poland. Students should refer to the summer program course schedule for new course offerings.

  • Comparative Aspects of Antitrust Regulation in the U.S. and the European Union
  • Comparative Commercial Law: Consumer Protection
  • Comparative Constitutional Law: International Human Rights
  • Comparative Contract Law
  • Comparative Corporations & Other Business Associations Law
  • Comparative Foundations of Modern Law
  • Comparative Legal Profession and Legal Ethics
  • Comparative Property Law
  • Comparative Tax
  • Comparative Torts
  • Foreign Investment in East-Central Europe and the EU
  • International Arbitration and Litigation
  • International and Comparative Taxation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Securities Regulation
  • Regulated Industries: A Comparative Perspective

Additional courses with a comparative or international focus may be introduced into the law school curriculum on a rotating basis and may also count toward the certificate requirements. Students are advised to check the current semester's course offerings for additions or changes to the curriculum. In special circumstances, students may, with the permission of the Institute director and the associate dean for academic affairs, substitute a graduate level course in international economics or political science for an elective course. A grade of B- or better is required for a course to be counted toward the certificate requirement. Detailed descriptions of all courses appear in the law school Announcements.



Comparative and International Law
Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6081

Fax: 202-319-4004


Mailing Address:

Office of Institues and Special Programs
The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law

Washington, DC 20064

Constantia Dedoulis
Director of Institutes and Special Programs