International Legal Studies

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The University of Denver Sturm College of Law boasts the oldest international legal studies program in the Rocky Mountain West, and one of the strongest and most prestigious international legal studies programs in the world. Our International Legal Studies Program provides the opportunity to study various aspects of public and/or private international law and prepares you for a variety of globally-minded careers. Plus, earning a certificate in international law gives you an edge in a challenging job market where international law experience has emerged as a preference for many legal professionals.

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International Legal Studies Program

To declare your intent to complete the ILSP certificate, please contact the Registrar to complete and submit the petition form no later than the end of the add/drop period for the semester preceding that of your intended graduation.

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  • Message from the Program Director - Professor Celia Taylor

    Welcome to the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. International law today is a complex field bringing together public and private actors and touching on legal disciplines ranging from energy to intellectual property to corporate governance. Whether you want to explore the world of international criminal law, prepare to work in the international public sector or gain expertise to navigate transnational corporate transactions, our program has something for you.

    We offer a JD certificate in international law with a rich curriculum of public and private international law courses, as well as comparative law courses. As a student at the Sturm College of Law, you will gain from our faculty’s wealth of knowledge and practical experience. We also provide an opportunity to gain international experience abroad though our study abroad programs.

    The Sturm College of Law also has a wealth of options for students to put their new international law expertise into practice. Our externship office offers a range of foreign and international opportunities, and our international criminal law practicum connects students with prosecutors and judges at international criminal tribunals around the world, including the newly created piracy tribunal in the Seychelles. The Denver Journal of International Law and Policy publishes highly respected work by the top international law scholars of our day. Our students participate regularly in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. In addition, the student-run International Law Society is active in bringing speakers on campus to share their experience in international law practice and to delve into the hot topics of the day.

    I invite you to spend time on the website exploring your options. You are also welcome to contact any of the faculty or staff working in the international area. The Sturm College of Law’s international Legal Studies Program has been going strong for 40 years. As we face the complexity of our modern global society, please join our alumni, students, and faculty in helping to solve some of the most difficult challenges of our time.

    Celia R. Taylor
    Director, International Legal Studies Program
    Ved P. Nanda Chair and Professor

Key Faculty Bios & Scholarship


Celia Taylor


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James Brown

J. Robert Brown Jr.


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Phoenix Cai

Associate Professor

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KK DuVivier


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Rashmi Goel

Associate Professor

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