International Law at W&L

International law is a centerpiece of the legal education at W&L. It begins in the first year with our required course in transnational law and continues in the 2L and 3L years with seminars, practice simulations and real practice opportunities in both public and private international law, including human rights and access to justice initiatives. In the video below, Prof. Mark Drumbl, director of the University's Transnational Law Institute, gives an overview of the international law curriculum at W&L.

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International Law Stories

Friday, January 10, 2020

W&L Law’s Drumbl on Attacking Cultural Sites

Aljazerra interviewed international law expert and W&L law professor Mark Drumbl for an article explaining why military attacks on cultural sites are considered a crime of war. Drumbl said that President Trump’s recent threat to destroy cultural property  in Iran is “hugely problematic”. “This is forbidden under various branches of law and amounts to a […]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

W&L Law’s Drumbl on War Crimes and Genocide

Aljazeera recently published two “explainer”  articles examining the definition of war crimes and genocide. The news outlet relied on the expertise of Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl to produce the explainers. On the question of why war crimes often go unpunished, Drumbl said “this can be attributed to several factors, including difficulties in […]

Friday, September 06, 2019

W&L Law’s Mark Drumbl Deepens Understanding of Child Soldiers in New Book

Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl was in the vanguard of scholars studying the problem of child soldiers in conflict zones with his groundbreaking 2012 book Reimagining Child Soldiers, published by Oxford University Press. Since then he has remained active on this topic in teaching, research, and consulting – notably in recent years grappling […]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Law, Policy and Diplomacy

Anahita Mohtasham-Gharagozloo is a current 2L, originally from Miami, Florida. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2016 with degrees in History, Literature, and Creative Writing. At W&L, Anahita is Co-President of the International Law Society, Secretary of the W&L chapter of the American Constitutional Society, and a Junior Editor for the German Law […]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

W&L Law’s Mark Drumbl on Propaganda and Hate

“When the colonialists arrived, they were fascinated by the fact that the Tutsi shared a set of features that they saw in themselves, and as a result, the Tutsi were treated with favoritism in the colonial administration.” Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl contributed to the BBC Radio show “A History of Hate” discussing […]

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Criminal Tribunal Students Provide Input on Anti-Terrorism Proclamation

This past Fall semester, a team of W&L Law students in the Criminal Tribunal Practicum class were given the unique opportunity to review and suggest legislative amendments to Ethiopia’s Anti-terrorism Proclamation. According to Prof. Henok Gabisa, who teaches the class, this proclamation has been criticized by international  rights group and has been used by the […]

Thursday, October 25, 2018

W&L Law Hosts Round-table on Justice after Conflict

On Sunday October 21 and Monday October 22, the law school at Washington and Lee hosted an exciting round-table on post-conflict justice. The event was organized by Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute, and funded by a generous grant by the Lewis Law Center with […]

Friday, October 05, 2018

Bond to Give Talk in Honor of Lewis Professorship

Johanna Bond, Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, October 17 at 4 p.m. in the Classroom D in honor of her professorship. The title of Dean Bond’s talk is “Global Intersectionality and Women’s Human Rights.” Intersectionality theory posits that aspects of identity, […]

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Finding Your Path

Kristen L. Mynes is a Washington and Lee third-year law student. Kristen spent her summer abroad in Frankfurt, Germany. As a centrally located city, Frankfurt allowed Kristen to travel and take her W&L gear on many adventures across Europe. This summer, I worked for Jones Day in Frankfurt, Germany. Jones Day partners with the German […]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Research Project on Ethiopia Takes W&L Law Student to London

Emily Kendall ’20L is originally from Annville, PA. She graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Communication Studies, and then went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication also from Liberty University. After graduating, Emily spent three years working in the commercial property and liability insurance market. Emily is Executive Board […]