Designed for students in both J.D. and LL.M. degree programs, our courses offer a systematic approach to the tools and strategies in the practice of international development and humanitarian assistance law. We work with the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) so that courses may be included as electives in SFS certificate programs, as well as other synergistic opportunities.
This course provides an introduction to international development and humanitarian assistance with a focus on global health. The international community is increasingly affected by, and therefore interested in, the state of public health, food security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, democracy and political stability, social justice, and economic opportunity within individual countries. Recent experiences with global pandemic outbreaks have highlighted how important global health cooperation is for all of these international development goals and for international security goals. The course provides an introduction to the laws, regulations, policies, and international agreements and norms that dictate how donor governments — in particular, the U.S. government — can work with potentially thousands of partners to implement development and humanitarian assistance in the furtherance of national interests and international stability.