A Community of Excellence
The interests of Stanford Law faculty members reflect the broad scope of the field of international and comparative law. There are faculty experts in international security, international trade, international criminal law, economics and international business, the foreign policymaking process, human rights, intellectual property, and the rule of law, making Stanford Law an intellectual community as diverse and complex as the world its graduates serve.
Stanford faculty approach international and comparative law not just as a subject for academic inquiry but also as a force for change in the world. They understand how law operates in relation to governments, international organizations, and the global economy because they have practiced international law themselves. Faculty members who teach public international law and international human rights have served as lawyers in the United States Department of State and litigated terrorism cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Faculty members who teach international dealmaking and arbitration have completed complex international transactions and litigated disputes over international agreements. This experience makes them uniquely qualified to instruct students in how law operates in the global arena.
In the coming decades, no forces will have a greater impact on our lives, for good or for ill, than those driven by global trends. My goal is to encourage my students not only to master the substance of international law but to understand the practical forces that shape the way the law develops.Allen S. Weiner
SCICN Co-Director and Senior Lecturer in Law