International Law

International Law is defined as the body of law governing relations between nations. The term also is divided into either public or private international law. Public international law governs the relationship between states and international organizations. This includes international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Private international law governs private transactions and disputes between parties from differing nations. Although Nebraska Law has alumni practicing internationally in diverse places such as Beijing, China, Rome, Italy, Singapore and Guam, the majority of our alumni practicing in the area of international law do so from the United States. One example of this is our alumnus, Andy Massey, who is the general counsel for Valmont Industries, an international corporation based in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Massey’s job has him dealing with the diverse laws of India, Ethiopia, Australia and many other nations in which Valmont does business. One of the most likely venues to deal in international law is the federal government and related agencies. Below is a list of various agencies in Washington, D.C. that deal with the practice of International Law:

International Trade

  • US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service
  • US International Trade Commission, Office of the General Counsel
  • US Department of Commerce
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Unites States Trade Representative
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of International Affairs
  • Washington International Trade Association
  • Federal Trade Commission, International Antitrust
  • International Law Institute

Public International Law

  • US Department of State
  • Organization of American State
  • American Society of International Law
  • US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Armed Forces, International Affairs and Intelligence
  • US Department of Treasury, General Counsel for International Affairs
  • US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • International Crisis Group
  • ABA Central and East European Law Initiative (ABA CEELI)

Development

  • US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Pan-American Health Organization
  • US Information Agency
  • US National Academy of Sciences, Office of International Affairs
  • US President’s Council on Sustainable Development

Immigration and Asylum

  • US Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review
  • Ayuda, Inc.
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
  • Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

International Human Rights

  • Center for Justice and International Law
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
  • Human Rights Watch
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • United Nations Development Program
  • Amnesty International
  • Refugee Women in Development

International Environmental Law

  • Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of International Affairs
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund
  • Wilderness Society
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • International Wildlife Federation
  • Environmental Law Institute