The Catholic University of America
CILI Curriculum

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 87 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 (Spring 2018)
  • One Externship: Legal Externship & Becoming a Lawyer [classroom component of externship requirement] (Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018) 

ONE of two required

  • Comparative Law (Spring 2017)
  • Law of the European Union (Cracow-Summer 2018)

ONE of two required

  • Comparative and International Trade (Spring 2018, Cracow-Summer 2018)
  • International Business Transactions (Cracow-Summer 2018)



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 Methods (Cracow-Summer 2018)
  • Art, Cultural Property, and Human Rights (Rome-Summer 2016)
  • Conflict of Laws [course taught by Professors Destro or Perez, ONLY] (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Entertainment Law [course taught by Professor Fischer only] (Spring 2018)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Spring 2017)
  • Foreign Relations and National Security Law (Spring 2017)
  • Human Trafficking Seminar (Spring 2018)
  • Humanitarian Assistance and International Development Law (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • Immigration Law: Deportation and Asylum (Fall 2017)
  • Immigration Law: Employment, Family and Naturalization (Spring 2018)
  • International Business Transactions (Cracow-Summer 2018)
  • International Criminal Law (Spring 2018)
  • International Environmental Law (Rome-Summer 2016)
  • International Human Rights Law (Spring 2018)
  • International Intellectual Property Law (Cracow-Summer 2016)
  • International Securities Regulation (Cracow-Summer 2017)
  • Law of the European Union (Cracow-Summer 2018)
  • Legal Issues in the Middle East Peace Process (Fall 2016)
  • Space Law (Spring 2018)
  • Spanish for Lawyers (Fall 2015)
  • Tax Policy and Human Rights (Rome-Summer 2014 and 2016)
  • Vis International Arbitration Moot Court (Fall 2015/Spring 2016, Fall 2016/Spring 2017)

On a rotating basis, courses on comparative and international law are offered through the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, Poland, and the International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy. Students should refer to the summer abroad program course schedule for new course offerings.

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