The International Law and Organizations Program prepares graduates to work in human rights, the rule of law, post-conflict reconstruction, environmental cooperation, corporate social responsibility, protection of international investment, negotiation of international trade agreements and other areas handled by multilateral organizations and NGOs.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
“International law is the study of how states cooperate and protect themselves—and how societies can influence the behavior of states through normative rules of law. It encompasses protection of investments and investment arbitration, environmental standards, international labor standards, common resources (oceans, rivers and outer space), human rights and minority rights, the use of armed force and humanitarian intervention, remedies for wrongful acts, and the international and domestic institutions that can interpret and apply the law. In practice, international law also addresses international politics as well as strategies for helping international organizations work effectively. The field attracts students who plan to work in NGOs, the military, international corporations and international organizations.”Ruth Wedgewood, --International Law and Organizations
The International Law and Organizations Program has an active speaker series, featuring policymakers, diplomats and international lawyers involved in current issues. The program also sponsors annual student trips and small-group visits.
SAIS students have held internships at the U.N. Human Rights Committee in New York and Geneva, the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, the U.N. Foundation, and various development organizations and human rights NGOs, including the Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives in Uganda. The program has some financial resources for internship placements and supports its students in seeking supplemental funding.