The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security was established to promote teaching and research in the areas of international law and international relations. Developments in international affairs, such as the American refusal to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court, the rejection of the Kyoto Agreement, or efforts to gain particular language in a Security Council resolution on Iraq are difficult to assess in the absence of an understanding of legal rules and an appreciation of the ways in which these rules may affect behavior.
The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security serves as the primary administrative body for its program in International Law and Global Security within the Government M.A. offered by the Georgetown Government Department. Additionally, the Institute is responsible for M.A.-related events, Institute faculty research, and collaborative projects on topics of international law and international relations with other academics at Georgetown and elsewhere. To manage these initiatives, the Institute maintains a governance board comprised of Georgetown faculty, administrators, and fellows.
The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security hosts several events throughout the year focused on research and scholarship in the areas of international law and international relations. These events include colloquium, Institute lectures, and faculty research panels.