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International and Comparative Law Program

International Law at Pepperdine University

International law is divided into two general areas of specialization; international commercial law and international human rights law.

Foreign language skills are especially useful to attorneys practicing in this field.

International Law Degree

International commercial attorneys practice in the areas of immigration and naturalization; international trade and finance; international real estate transactions and development projects; international mergers; acquisitions, and joint ventures; international tax matters; and international intellectual property matters.

International human rights lawyers may work for various international bodies, including the United Nations, International Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, or for non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International. 

Pepperdine Professors with International Law Expertise

Jack Coe (private international law), Richard Chen (human rights), Trey Childress (private international law), Ann Ching (public international law international humanitarian assistance), Robert Cochran (human rights), Khrista Johnson (international tax), Greg McNeal (public international law, law of armed conflict, and international criminal law), Tom Stipanowich (international arbitration)

Relevant Course Offerings

  • Public International Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Comparative Law
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Cross Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • European Union Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Entertainment and Copyright Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Investment Disputes
  • International Litigation
  • International Tax
  • International Trade
  • Immigration Law
  • Human Rights

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Pepperdine Law offers a number of opportunities to study abroad, absorbing first-hand the integration of culture and the law. These programs range from traditional classroom education in international settings to immersive externships to service-oriented projects like Global Justice.

Please visit the Global Programs page for more information.