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.


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



Thursday, June 27, 2019

In The Press

Can the U.S.-China crisis be stabilized? — A Commentary by Paul Gewirtz ’70

The Brookings Institution

Paul Gewirtz is the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School and is also the Director of Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

In The Press

Trump’s Golan Policy and Its Threat to the Post-War International Legal Order — A Commentary by Oona Hathaway ’97 and Scott Shapiro ’90

Just Security

Oona Hathaway ’97 is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law. Scott Shapiro ’90 is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

In The Press

Susan Thornton on a Crisis in U.S.-China Relations

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan Thornton was a guest on a podcast, discussing U.S.-China engagement.

September 10 Tuesday


Conservatism and the War Powers


November 5 Tuesday


Cosmic Order and Natural Law in Islamic Science

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

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Friday, August 16, 2019

In The Press

Trump's Greenland Folly: 'Not As Simple As Buying A Resort'


Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh is quoted about the feasibility of buying an autonomous territory.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

In The Press

As Japan and South Korea Feud Intensifies, U.S. Seems Unwilling, or Unable, to Help

The New York Times

Visiting Lecturer in Law Susan Thornton is quoted in a story about tensions between Japan and South Korea.

Friday, August 2, 2019

In The Press

On Hong Kong, the United States Must Find Its Voice — A Commentary by Susan A. Thornton and Ryan Hass


Susan A. Thornton is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

In The Press

The Missing State Department Memo on U.S. Officials’ Possible Aiding and Abetting Saudi War Crimes — A Commentary by Oona A. Hathaway ’97

Just Security

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and a Counselor to the Dean at Yale Law School.

Monday, July 15, 2019

In The Press

Securing 5G: Challenges and Recommendations — A Commentary by Robert Williams

Council on Foreign Relations

Robert D. Williams is a Senior Research Scholar in Law and yje Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In The Press

That New Consensus on China? It’s Wrong — A Commentary by Susan A. Thornton


Susan A. Thornton is Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Stephanie Safdi

Human Rights Work With an Environmental Focus

Yale is the one place where going to law school doesn’t mean sitting on the sidelines; it means making headlines.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law