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Co-Curricular Programs and Student Organizations

international law program

BC Law’s international program is about so much more than courses. We offer a number of co-curricular activities, through which credit is awarded for work in student-directed activities, as well as student organizations that enrich the international aspects of student life:

• Law Reviews
The International and Comparative Law Review addresses trade, human rights, environmental, finance, tax, corporate, and commercial law issues within international and comparative law. In 2001 a Boston College student contributor won the prestigious Déak Prize awarded by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for the best student writing in the country, and in 2003 the Review published an ASIL symposium on trade and development. The Journal of Law and Social Justice considers the problems of minorities within the United States and throughout the world, as well as international human rights issues.

• Jessup International Moot Court. The Jessup competition is one of the oldest and most established moot court programs, where students present mock written and oral arguments in hypothetical cases. Third-year student participants at BC Law draft memorials (briefs) and deliver oral arguments under faculty supervision. Our Jessup team has advanced to the international rounds several times in recent years, and in 2002 the team's memorials scored among the ten best in the world.

• European Union Law Moot Court. This competition, now the second largest moot court competition in the world, has enjoyed the institutional support and encouragement of the European Court of Justice for close to twenty years. Elite students form Europe and the United States simulate arguments in the European Court of Justice, with the arguments conducted in both English and French. BC Law's team has advanced to the regional rounds several times, and in 2008, a BC Law team member won the Best Advocate Award at the final round of a 48-team competition.

• Center for Human Rights and International Justice. The Center for Human Rights and International Justice addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of human rights work. Through multidisciplinary training programs, applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners in the United States and abroad who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and international justice.

• Law and Justice in the Americas. The Law and Justice in the Americas program brings BC Law faculty and students together to pursue law reform and justice projects in the Americas. Representative projects include assisting the Caribbean region in preparing for WTO negotiations; developing recommendations for area NGO's pursuing reforms to Brazilian human rights and Salvadoran habeas corpus law; and advising the Bolivian government on trade negotiations and commercial law modernization.

•Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Project (HHRP). Named for its founder, a 1986 BC Law graduate, HHRP helps to ensure that the precedential value of Holocaust-related law is fully realized and applied to state-sponsored human rights violations today. HHRP sponsors major international conferences, conducts legal research, and provides summer funding for students working in human rights. Every summer, the Project’s endowment supports one to three students doing on-the-ground human rights work overseas. In recent years, students have worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania; Legal Aid of Cambodia; the Palestinian Authority; and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Ecuador.

Over the past several years the prestigious annual Kupferschmid lecture has been delivered by the U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for War Crimes Issues, the Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Commission on Torture, the former Legal Advisor to Amnesty International, and the former General Counsel in the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

•International Law Society (ILS). ILS is a student-run organization that serves as a focal point for those interested in international/comparative law. ILS sponsors presentations and workshops, welcomes foreign students to BC Law, organizes presentations on international career opportunities, and disseminates information about foreign study opportunities and curricular programs.