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About the Clinic

Students in the Transnational Disputes Clinic learn to use strategic litigation to influence the progressive development of the law. Clinic clients and partners include those appearing before international investor-state arbitral tribunals, national courts, such as U.S. federal courts, and other fora. Students learn key skills through acting as counsel for parties as well as for amici curiae in disputes that implicate the protection of fundamental rights.

Clinic Goals and Skills

Projects and Cases

Clinic matters focus on advancing fundamental rights in strategic litigation in two areas. First on the clinic’s docket are matters drawn from a global collaboration advancing the rights of refugees through strategic litigation, the Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights, cofounded by Professor Kysel in 2021 and supported by the Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Program. This includes ongoing litigation in U.S. federal court and recent interventions in the United States Supreme Court, courts in Mexico, Kenya, and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.

Also on the clinic’s docket are matters before international investor-state arbitral tribunals, an area of the law that is rapidly developing. This includes an ongoing partnership with an organization contemplating bringing a treaty-based claim as well as a recent nondisputing party intervention on behalf of several human rights NGOs in a case pending at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Participating in and Applying to the Clinic

Clinic Faculty

Ian Kysel
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
(607) 255-5503
Cornell Law School
159 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

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