International and Comparative Law

UN Flags in NYIt is no longer enough for lawyers to understand domestic legal issues. At the USF School of Law, we educate global lawyers, able to work effectively anywhere in the world.

Coursework recognizes the increasing globalization of the practice of law, whether specializing in comparative, business, or human rights law. USF provides extensive opportunities to study abroad in traditional or immersion courses. Externships, in which students apply the skills they have learned in school at NGOs, international law firms, nonprofit organizations, and foreign judicial officers, present unbounded opportunities for learning and growth. Students who participate in the innovative Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic present on critical human rights issues to the United Nations.

Through our extensive and diverse menu of international programs, USF helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of how to do business and pursue justice in today’s global society

USF students have the unique opportunity through the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic to represent an NGO before United Nations bodies in Geneva and New York. Our students experience human rights mechanisms first hand, as they present written and oral interventions, as well as advocate for language in resolutions that helps to promote and protect human rights.

Professor Connie de la Vega

Select Courses

  • Asian Legal Systems
  • Chinese Business Law
  • Comparative Law
  • E.U. Law
  • Global Legal Research
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Human Rights
  • International Refugee Law and the European Crisis
  • Public International Law


  • Connie de la Vega is an advocate for international human rights law
  • Reza Dibadj is an expert on criminal procedure and juvenile law expert
  • Jack Garvey is a renowned scholar in public and private international law
  • Peter Jan Honigsberg is an authority on human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, terrorism, and other post-9/11 issues


  • International and Comparative Law


  • Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic

Student Exchanges

  • Beijing, China
  • Prague, Czech Republic

Representative Externships

  • Baker & McKenzie LLP, Vietnam
  • Boehmert & Boehmert, Germany
  • Casalonga Avocats, France
  • Duane Morris LLP, Vietnam
  • Ernst & Young, Mexico
  • Unitalen, China
  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
  • U.S. State Department, Croatia

Student Organization

  • International Law Society