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.

Capstone Course

Public Law


  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Organizations
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade
  • Corporate Social Responsibility



  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • International Protection of Intellectual Property
  • International Tax
  • Jessup Moot

 Private/Business Law


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



  • International Tax


PREREQUISITES TO CAPSTONE: Public International Law and at least two other courses from the International Law steam.


Not all courses are offered every year.

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.

Relevant Co-Curricular Opportunities