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Learning Outcomes

The following is the A.B.A. Standard 301 Statement Regarding Learning Outcomes for the International Law and Global Citizenship Certificate.

  • Learn the sources of international law and the assumptions, concepts, and premises upon which the international legal system is based.
  • Understand the organizational structure and functions of the leading international institutions and regional entities, including the United Nations (U.N.), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union, and the various means and mechanisms for enforcing international law and human rights.
  • Define and enumerate the human rights and examine the international human rights system and the roles played by multilateral institutions, national governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in effectuating human rights compliance.  Also, understand the doctrine of cultural relativism, the ways in which societies with varied cultural, historical, political, and religious traditions emphasize and understand human rights from differing perspectives.
  • Articulate the operation and structure of the global trading system administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the WTO Charter, and how the WTO dispute settlement system works.
  • Learn the relevant portions of U.S. and international treaty law that apply to the international components of copyrights, patents, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property rights.
  • Understand globalization and its complex cultural, economic, political, and social implications.
  • Compare various nations’ differing approaches to constitutional governance and jurisprudence.
  • Experience a foreign culture through an ABA-accredited study abroad program.
  • Research and write a paper of professional quality analyzing doctrines and practices related to the development or evolution of international law, trade, or human rights concepts or practices.
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