About Us

Founded in 1996 with funding from the Starr Foundation, the Center for International Law supports teaching and research in a broad range of areas of international law.

The Center derives much of its strength from interaction with New York City’s business, financial, and legal communities. It also has an advisory board. The Center:

  • Sponsors conferences and symposia which bring together business people, legal practitioners, and national and international public figures to discuss timely topics in international law. Speakers have included a Secretary-General of the United Nations, a Nobel laureate, a former Director of Legal Affairs of the World Trade Organization; a distinguished justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa; a former United States Secretary of the Treasury; and prominent academicians and practioners who have talked about global migration; the International Criminal Court; the European Court of Justice; the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization; Latin American financing; the Russian securities markets; the introduction of the Euro; and the compatibility of world trade and the environment, among other topics.
  • Provides on-line resources for researching careers in international law, including direct links to internship opportunities, career forums, and study abroad materials.
  • Sponsors students who would like to become Affiliates.

Professor Ruti G. Teitel is a Co-Director of the Center for International Law. She is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, and also the Director of the Law School’s Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy, and Chair of the Global Law and Justice Colloquium. Professor Teitel is one of the world’s leading experts in international human rights and the foremost thought-leader of transitional justice. She is the author of a wide body of work, including three books – Globalizing Transitional Justice (2014), Humanity’s Law (2011), and Transitional Justice (2000), all published by Oxford University Press. Professor Teitel is the founding co-chair of the Interest Group on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law at the American Society of International Law, and is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. For her full biography, please click here.

Barry Appleton is a Co-Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for International Law. He is Adjunct Professor at New York Law School where he teaches International Arbitration and coaches both the Law School’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team. Professor Appleton is also an international lawyer specializing in international trade and investment law at Appleton & Associates where he is the Managing Partner. He is the author of several publications on international law and is the Editor-In-Chief of the Investor State Reports and Appleton’s International Investment Law and Arbitration News. For his full biography, please click here.

The previous directors of the Center were Professor Alan Appel, Professor Lloyd Bonfield, and Professor Sydney M. Cone, III, who was the C.V. Starr Professor of the Law of International Trade and Finance, and also the founding director of the Center. Faculty affiliated with the Center include Professor Frank Munger.

The Associate Director of the Center is Michael Rhee.


Mailing address:
New York Law School
Center for International Law
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013-2921

Physical office:
Room E-903 (on the 9th floor of the E building)

Tel: (212) 431-2865
Fax: (212) 966-6393

Information and comments: Michael.Rhee@nyls.edu

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