A wide range of course offerings and Virginia’s faculty — prominent in areas such as immigration law, international human rights, environmental policy, comparative constitutional law and international business — make Virginia’s international and national security law program one of the strongest in the nation. Foreign professors are regularly invited to the Law School to teach seminars on topics such as European Union law and comparative law, and students may take select courses at the neighboring Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (JAG School). Virginia’s international law program attracts speakers from around the world, including leaders of international institutions and public interest organizations, officials from the U.S. State Department and other government agencies, international law scholars and practicing international lawyers.
Special Centers and Programs
for National Security Law
Established in 1981, the Center for National Security Law is a nonpartisan institution dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary advanced research, scholarship and education about legal issues affecting U.S. national security. The center brings scholars from around the globe to the Law School for conferences, symposia and lectures, and sponsors a yearly National Security Institute for government officials and scholars in international law and international relations.
Center for Oceans Law and Policy The Center for Oceans Law and Policy promotes rational management of the world’s oceans and coastal and polar areas through teaching, research and discussion on public policy issues relating to ocean resources. Its annual conference, held abroad in locations such as Russia and Iceland, brings together oceans experts and scholars to explore a different contemporary issue of international concern each year.