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betterment of global society

The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute uses a combination of education and research to increase global knowledge and understanding, promote the rule of law, and address problems that require international cooperation and international solutions.

Celebrating Leila Sadat: 13 Years of Transformative Leadership & Vision

Professor Sadat dedicated over 13 years of service as director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, inspiring and helping transform international criminal law. We applaud her exceptional achievements and continued work. Click here to view a video presentation celebrating her impact. In 2020, the Institute celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Click here for the Institute’s 2020 Activities Report.



UN Human Rights Council

Joint Report on Gun Violence Makes an Impact at the UN Human Rights Council

A joint report on gun violence by Washington University’s Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and the Institute for Public Health has been widely cited in a summary report released by the United Nations.

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Signature Programs & Projects

The Harris Institute sponsors a wide range of programs and projects. It draws on a vast pool of international and national expertise to foster collaboration, dialogue, and a robust exchange of ideas among scholars, business and government leaders, members of civil society, and practitioners engaged in international, transnational, or comparative law work.

Crimes Against Humanity Initiative

Working to refocus attention on the victims of atrocity crimes through the negotiation and adoption of a new global crimes against humanity treaty.

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Initiative on Gun Violence & Human Rights

Forging a new approach to ending gun violence that leverages US obligations under international human rights law.

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World Peace through Law Award

This Award honors individuals who have achieved great distinction in the field of international law and international relations.

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International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Symposium

The symposium seeks to advance conversations and engage users of international arbitration and dispute resolution.

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International Humanitarian Law Roundtable

The Dialogs bring together international prosecutors and professionals in the fields of international criminal law and international humanitarian law field to examine the role of international justice combatting atrocity crimes.

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Ambassadors Program

This unique program brings the real life experience of leading diplomats directly into the classroom experience of WashULaw students.

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William Catron Jones Lecture Series

This Lecture Series honors the work and memory of the late Professor William C. Jones who was an internationally acclaimed scholar of Chinese law.

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ICC Scholars Forum

The Forum provides support and assistance for academics whose research and teaching focuses on the ICC.

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Healing Through Justice

A collaboration on a project that aims to deliver community-based services to heal psychological trauma through justice among Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh who fled atrocities in Myanmar.

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Lady Justice in the Janite Lee Reading Room at WashULaw

Lex Lata, Lex Ferenda

The Harris Institute’s blog features commentary on issues of foreign affairs and international and comparative law.

Law students from the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.

Student Opportunities

The Institute provides students with a rich array of opportunities to engage in valuable research and practical experiences.

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Explore Our Publications

The Institute frequently publishes occasional papers and other monographs as well as print materials promoting international and comparative law scholarship, research, and activities.

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