International Law Programs provides administrative coherence to the many programs at YLS that engage with international law. Its primary purpose is to assist students in identifying international opportunities — curricular, extracurricular — at Yale Law School, Yale, and beyond. Learn more about our staff and what we do.

How We Are Involved

International Law

The Law School’s longstanding international tradition occupies a central place in its intellectual life. The devotion of its faculty and students to myriad international projects has made Yale a first-class global law school. There are also numerous opportunities for post-graduate and summer fellowships in all corners of the globe.


Publications & Journals

Funding Support

YLS-Funded International Research Travel Policy

Be Informed: YLS International Law Programs Newsletter

International Law Study

Yale Law School’s curricular and extracurricular offerings expose students to an exceptional array of topics on, and experiential opportunities in which to learn and engage with, international law.

Course Offerings

YLS Library Foreign and International Research

Extra-curricular (non credit) Activities

Centers & Workshops at the Law School and Yale University

The strength of the Law School’s internationally-focused and specialized centers and programs is matched by the wealth of opportunities available to law students who wish to pursue international activities and research through other Yale University institutions.

Centers & Workshops

Yale University International Opportunities

Yale Office of International Affairs

YLS courtyard

Student Organizations & Initiatives

Yale Law School’s student life teems with vibrant organizations, many of are devoted to international law issues and diverse communities. It also offers support for student initiatives, organizations, and journals, as well as for participation in international moot courts.

Student Organizations & Initiatives

Student Journals

International Moot Courts

Career Planning and Fellowships

There are a myriad of career paths in international public and private law. Yale Law School provides career counselling, resources, as well as fellowships to assist you in your professional development. In addition to the links below, we have a short guide to get you started.

Career Development Office

Schell Center for International Human Rights

International Law Programs Staff

International Law Career Guide/Factsheet



Thursday, January 07, 2021

In The Press

China 2021: Experts make their one big prediction


Professor of Law Taisu Zhang ’08 is among the experts quoted in Politico about the future of U.S.-China relations.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Thursday, March 4, 2021

In The Press

Standing up to China: Biden seeks allies’ support in contest with Beijing

The Irish Times

Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center Susan A. Thornton is quoted in The Irish Times about the Biden administration’s policy towards China.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

In The Press

PEN America Lauds Settlement in Press Freedom Lawsuit

Voice of America

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law David A. Schulz ’78 is quoted in a Voice of America article about a settlement where the plaintiff was represented in part by the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic.

Monday, February 22, 2021

In The Press

The Journal of Free Speech Law, a New Faculty-Edited (Peer-Reviewed) Law Journal


Reason carried the announcement of the launch of the Journal of Free Speech Law, of which Sterling Professor of Law Robert Post ’77 is a member of the editorial board.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In The Press

Ex-officials, academics call for US to work with Europe to counter China

South China Morning Post

A new report published by the Paul Tsai China Center is discussed in the South China Morning Post. Center director and Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law Paul Gewirtz is mentioned, along with executive director Robert D. Williams. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In The Press

Ex-officials, academics call for US to work with Europe to counter China

South China Morning Post

Paul Tsai China Center Director Paul Gewirtz, Executive Director Robert D. Williams, and Senior Fellow Susan A. Thornton are mentioned in an article that cites a report published by the Paul Tsai China Center. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In The Press

Has Trump Permanently Altered U.S. Foreign Policy?

Foreign Affairs

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence Samuel Moyn participated in a Foreign Affairs survey on the legacy of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Ryan Liss

Teaching International Human Rights Law

The Criminal Justice Clinic has given me the unique opportunity to represent a client in court as a first-year law student. Experiential learning has been the most meaningful part of law school so far, and it has exposed me to the criminal justice system first-hand.”

Destiny Lopez

Class of 2021