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.
Our world is deeply interconnected across countries and cultures and the law and legal practice is increasingly transnational. Students in the Transnational Disputes Clinic learn skills vital to successful lawyering and collaboration across borders through immersion in a strategic litigation practice aimed at promoting the progressive development of the law, and in particular law protecting fundamental rights. Depending on the individual or organizational client or partner, a Clinic matter might give students an opportunity to develop proficiency in international treaty law (such as a bilateral investment treaty, the International Covenants on Civil and Political and Economic Social and Cultural Rights, or the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees), cross-border contracts and/or jurisprudence (such as a U.S. federal administrative agency interpretation of a treaty, the practices and policies of United Nations agencies, or the rulings of national courts around the world) alongside extensive work with a client or partners in order to craft a strategic litigation position or pleading aimed at expanding the protection of fundamental rights. Clinic matters show students through experiential pedagogy that the law is dynamic and that transnational legal practice can shape its development, with corresponding normative and ethical consequences.
Clinic students learn key legal skills, reflect on what distinguishes a strategic litigator, and practice integrating critical reflection on lawyering and the law into their clinical work. Clinic seminar sessions and case team supervision reflect a focus on:
Students in the Transnational Disputes Clinic can also work with their clients for multiple semesters through participation in an advanced clinic course and develop close relationships as matters move through multiple phases.
If you have a matter you would like to propose for Clinic representation, please contact the Clinic’s Founding Director, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Ian M. Kysel via email.