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In our interconnected world, the law frequently crosses borders, making attorneys trained in international law critical assets to private companies, governments, and other entities. The International Law concentration at New England Law | Boston will prepare you for the vast opportunities in this exciting interdisciplinary legal field.
Learn more about our concentration in International Law
Learn more about our concentration in International Law

Whether you’re interested in human rights law, international business, global economic regulations, or all of the above, you can explore and develop your skills through our in-demand concentration in International Law.

As a student at New England Law, you can also take advantage of the invaluable opportunities provided by our unique Center for International Law and Policy, including competitive international externships, special networking events, and research projects you can join as early as your first semester.

What Do Attorneys Specializing in International Law Do?

Attorneys practicing international law engage in a wide array of activities, from advocacy, litigation, and transactional work to diplomacy, drafting treaties, and making policies.

Typical employers include governments, law firms, intergovernmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. As the substantive scope of international law expands, there are increasing opportunities to specialize in particular fields, such as UN law, international economic law, and international human rights law, among others.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students in our International Law concentration program have access to the following hands-on learning experiences, among others:

International Law Courses

In addition to their foundational legal coursework, students pursuing a concentration in International Law can choose among many exciting elective classes to meet their credit requirements. To complete a concentration in International Law, a student must successfully complete Public International Law and two additional courses from the following list.

  • American Indian Law
  • Business Compliance and Human Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • International Business Transactions
  • National Security Law
  • Perspectives: Human Rights Seminar
  • Human Trafficking Law and Policy
  • Refugee and Asylum Law  
  • Transitional Justice
  • Any Center for International Law and Policy externship or field placement*
  • Any human rights-focused course offered in a study abroad program in which the law school participates*

*It should be noted that Center for International Law and Policy opportunities and study abroad program curriculums change from year to year, and so these options may not be available to all students pursuing the International Law concentration. 

International Law Faculty

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Advisor: Lisa J. Laplante

BA Brown University
MEd University of Massachusetts Amherst
JD New York University School of Law

Professor Laplante is a recognized expert on transitional justice, which concerns countries transitioning from situations of violent conflict (wars, repression, apartheid etc.) to peace. She came to New England Law | Boston after working as a human rights lawyer in Peru and researcher with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She also served as a fellow with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. Learn more

Professor Allison M. Dussias

Allison M. Dussias

AB Georgetown University
JD University of Michigan Law School

Associate Dean and Professor Dussias practiced corporate and securities law at a law firm before joining the New England Law faculty. She researches and publishes extensively on American Indian law, including tribal environmental regulation and religious freedom. Learn more

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Dina Francesca Haynes

BA University of Denver
JD University of Cincinnati College of Law
LLM Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Haynes is a former director general of the Human Rights Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina, protection officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and attorney for the US Department of Justice. Learn more