Here are the international, foreign, and comparative law courses offered by the Washington University School of Law during the current and immediately preceding academic years (1999-2001). The letter "S" in parentheses indicates that the course is a seminar.

Chinese Law (S)
Comparative Constitutional Law (S)
Comparative Law: Europe, Latin America and East Asia
Foundations of European Community Law
Immigrants, Citizens and Human Rights (S)
Immigration Law
International and Comparative Competition Law (S)
International and Comparative Product Liability Law
International Criminal Law
International Environmental Law and Policy (S)
International Human Rights Law
International Intellectual Property Law (S)
International Investment Law (S)
International Law
International Legal Process: International Criminal Law Studies (S)
International Moot Court (Jessup Competition)
International Organizations
Japanese Law
Research Topics in Socialist Law (S)
Transnational Litigation
United States Constitution and Foreign Affairs


The School of Law participates in a number of joint degree programs, all of which are coordinated by Dr. Michele Shoresman. All of them reflect the priority that the School of Law and Washington University assign to interdisciplinary study and the plethora of campus resources.

The typical model is a four-year course of study that culminates in a JD degree and a master's degree, with several cross-listed courses that provide credits toward both degrees simultaneously. Two of these joint programs are of particular interest to students contemplating international careers in private practice or public practice, diplomacy, or academia.

Particularly ambitious and well established is the joint JD/MA Program in Law and East Asian Studies. This program links law students to an exceptionally strong East Asian Studies Department, in which more than 40 faculty members have expertise in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean social sciences, humanities, and languages. Faculty members at the School of Law have expertise in the legal systems of China, Japan, and Korea, as well as more general expertise in both international law and comparative law.

With the addition of Professor John Haley, the preeminent American authority on Japanese law (see his biography in the faculty activities article), the program is poised for further advances. The East Asian Library at Washington University holds 120,000 volumes and provides extensive online services. Students enjoy a stimulating array of interesting speakers and other extracurricular activities

that enrich their understanding of East Asian language, culture, and politics. For more information, visit the law school web site ( and click on "Joint Degrees" and "East Asian Studies", as well as the web site of the East Asian Studies Department, located at, or e-mail

The joint JD/MA Program in Law and European Studies is another attractive option. The program is co-directed by Leila Sadat, Professor of Law (see
With the addition of Professor John Haley, the preeminent American authority on Japanese law, the program is poised for further advances.
her biography in the earlier article on faculty activities) and Paul Michael Lützeler, the Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities. Professor Lützeler is a member of the German Academy of Sciences and Letters, specializes in the literatures and cultures of the German-speaking world.

In addition to these formally structured programs, students may design their own joint degrees, combining a JD with a master's degree in another field of interest. Two recent students, for example, have decided to pursue a joint JD/MA in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies.

For more information on any of our joint JD/MA programs, e-mail Dr. Shoresman. Her address is