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Experiences That Deepen Learning

Intensive academics, hands-on experience, and research opportunities are just the beginning of our international law training. At Stanford, students learn by leading—whether they’re organizing a conference of international judges, networking with lawyers from around the world, or editing a journal piece on global economic policies.

Founded in 1966, the Stanford Journal of International Law is one of the country’s oldest and most respected international law journals. Run by Stanford Law students, with contributions from professors, practitioners, legislators, judges, and law students, the journal publishes timely, innovative pieces on international and comparative legal topics, exposing student editors to ideas on the cutting edge of international law.

The Stanford International Law Society plays an important role in the life of Stanford Law School by bringing students together and providing opportunities to lead, network, and explore current issues in international law. Students organize events that showcase international law experts, professionals, and academics who enrich the Stanford Law community with their perspective.

Beyond campus, alumni carry Stanford Law’s belief in law as a force for global change into diverse careers and offer current students the benefits of their experience. Stanford Law graduates can be found around the world, leading international human rights organizations and global corporations of all sizes, and serving in government agencies, institutions of higher learning, policy think tanks, and startup enterprises.

Race to the Bottom? A Symposium on Preferential Trade Agreements and Discrimination in International Trade

How can we explain the proliferation of preferential trade agreements? Are bilateral deals an effective means of maintaining trade flows in an environment of collapsing exports and rising protectionism? In the absence of a Doha agreement, can regional trade deals serve as an effective substitute? Might smaller deals serve as an effective stepping- stone to a more comprehensive global agreement? Questions like these were the subject of a spirited debate in this symposium sponsored by the Stanford Journal of International Law. The symposium brought prominent economists, legal scholars and practitioners from across the country. Warren Maruyama, former General Counsel to the United States Trade Representative, delivered the keynote address in which he emphasized the importance of unfettered trade to reduce poverty and foster peaceful ties between nations. He argued that the WTO system has not done enough to limit the spread of preferential trade agreements, urging a return to the open trade that characterized much of the post-war era.