Center for International & Comparative Law
The University of Virginia School of Law has long been one of the country’s most distinguished institutions of teaching and research in international law.
The History of International Law at UVA
Faculty and graduates of the Law School played pivotal roles in the United States’ engagement with international law and institutions. John Bassett Moore, an 1880 graduate, served as assistant U.S. secretary of state and was the first American judge to serve on the Permanent Court of International Justice. Dean Hardy Cross Dillard, also a graduate, later served as a judge on the International Court of Justice, and Monroe Leigh, a leading international law scholar, served as legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State and president of the American Society of International Law. The Virginia Journal of International Law is the oldest continuously published, student-edited law review in the United States, and remains one of the finest and most cited.