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 Statue 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.
Founding of the Institute
Institute Mission and Goals
The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security undertakes its educational mission by offering a number of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Institute also promotes research in a variety of areas of international law and politics, including the use of military force, the environment, human rights, international trade and commerce, and the relationship between international law and domestic law.
The Institute has three primary goals. First, it supports and enhances teaching and research at Georgetown in the area of international law. Second, it seeks to inform the public policy debate about the nature, role and importance of international law in foreign and domestic politics. Third, it aims to promote a better understanding of international law within the disciplines of political science and international relations.
- Enhancing Teaching and Research in International Law
- To offer specialized courses in international law for both undergraduate and graduate students
- To administer the Government M.A. Program in International Law and Global Security
- To provide research support for faculty and graduate students
- To support book-length projects on selected international legal issues
- Informing the Public Policy Debate about the Nature, Role, and Importance of International Law
- To sponsor panel discussions and conferences on important international legal issues
- To draft periodic memorandum analyzing current policy issues from the perspective of international law
- To conduct a Summer Institute on International Law for judges, government officials, and individuals from the private sector
- Promoting an Understanding of International Law within Political Science and Related Disciplines
- To educate political scientists and other social scientists about the study, function, and role of international law by bringing them to the Institute for research fellowships
- To conduct a Summer Institute on International Law for political scientists and international relations scholars
Exploring International Law Blog
- Complete Text: Alberto Mora discussing torture and cruel and inhuman treatment of detainees in Georgetown’s William V. O’Brien Lecture in International Law and Morality
- May 15- Book Launch: Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy, and Business Professionals, by Ross Harrison
- Breaking News: Supreme Court rules there is a presumption against the extraterritorial applicability of the Alien Tort Statute
- There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.