This course is designed to introduce first-year students to the architecture of the international economic law system. Its emphasis is on elements
of international law that affect cross-border economic transactions and
deals. The first part of the course examines the nature and sources of
international law. The course then shifts to provide an overview of
international commercial litigation, the trade and investment regimes,
and emergent areas such as international regulation of corruption and
intellectual property. The course will introduce students to the various types of law that affect cross-border transactions (bilateral and
multilateral treaties, customary international law, domestic law,
foreign law, and hard/soft law) as well as the various dispute
resolution mechanisms available to resolve crossborder disputes
(including domestic courts, international courts, international
commercial arbitration, and investor-state disputes).
Note: This is one of the 1L required international or comparative courses and is only available to HLS first-year and LLM students.