International Law Stream

Faculty Advisors: Professors Chi Carmody and Valerie Oosterveld

International law at Western Law includes an array of courses, moots, co-curricular and other opportunities designed to give students broad exposure to this exciting field. Students interested in this stream should take Public International Law and at least two other courses from either sub-stream. The “Public Law” sub-stream focuses primarily on government-to-government obligations, while the “Private Law” sub-stream focuses on private transactions and international commitments involving such transactions. In all courses, emphasis is placed on innovative scholarship in relation to international problem-solving.

To complement its course offerings, Western Law also offers a number of co-curricular and other opportunities in international law. These are designed to enhance student experience beyond the classroom and offer direct exposure to the practice of international law. These include an international law moot (the Jessup), international exchanges, the Western Law Internship Program (WLIP), and the Canada-U.S. Law Institute (CUSLI) Student Committee and Law Journal. Complementing these opportunities are a series of speakers and periodic events organized by Western Law student organizations, including the International Law Association (ILA), Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR), and Level - Changing Lives Through Law.


(Public Law):

  • Public International Law
  • Int'l Criminal Law
  • Int'l Human Rights
  • Int'l Organizations
  • Int'l Environmental Law
  • International Trade
  • Corporate Social Responsibility



  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Int'l Protection of Intellectual Property
  • International Tax
  • Jessup Moot 
  • Any other course with an international law component

Recommended (Private/Business Law):

  • International Trade
  • Int'l Business Transactions
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Int'l Commercial Litigation
  • Int'l Environmental Law
  • Int'l Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Natural Resources and Energy Law



  • International Tax
  • Any other course with an international law component


Co-Curricular and Other Opportunities: 

International Exchanges

Western Law Internship Program (WLIP)

Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor
[external website]

Canada-US Law Institute (CUSLI) Student Committee and Law Journal

Dean's Certification in Legal French

Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) [external website]

Level - Changing Lives Through Law [external website]

International Law Association (ILA) [see SLS website]

Note: The Capstone in International Law is offered every other year. Students should take one (or more) of the recommended courses prior to the Capstone. If this is not possible, students should seek a waiver from the Capstone instructor and, if in 2L, should indicate the recommended courses they plan to take in 3L.

NOTE: not all courses are offered every year