Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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Co-Curricular Activities

Journal of International Law

Now in its 44th year, the student-edited Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law (JIL),  is one of the oldest and most prestigious international law journals in the world. JIL publishes articles generated by the major international conferences and experts meetings held each year at the School of Law, as well as lectures and student notes on a wide range of international issues. Recent symposium issues have included “The Role of Justice in Building Peace,” Rebuilding Nation Building,” “Torture and the War on Terror,” “Lessons from the Saddam Trial,” “Religion and Terrorism,” “To Prevent and Punish: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Negotiation of the Genocide Convention,” “Security Detention,” “Combating Terrorist Financing,” “The ICC and the Crime of Aggression,” “After Guantanamo,” “Lawfare!,” "International Law in Crisis," and "Presidential Power and Foreign Affairs." Students are selected for editorial positions through a writing competition after their first year of law school.

Canada–United States Law Journal
The Canada-United States Law Journal is the only academic law journal dedicated to the exploration of the complex trade relationship between Canada and the U.S. Founded in 1974, the Journal publishes the edited proceedings of the annual Henry T. King, Jr. CUSLI Conference as well as works by prominent government officials, scholars, and practitioners addressing the Canada-U.S. relationship. Recent volumes have addressed Innovation and Entrepreneurship in North America, the future of the North American trading relationship, and the need for balance between security and prosperity in the post 9-11 world.

International Law Moot Court Teams
Dean Korngold congratulates the award-winning 2004 Jessup Moot Court team.
The award-winning 2012 Jessup Moot Court team.
The world’s premier international law moot court competition is the Philip C. Jessup Competition – featuring 600 law schools from over 100 countries arguing a fictional case before the International Court of Justice. In 2008, Case Western Reserve became just the second U.S. law school in the past 23 years to have won the Jessup World Championship. In addition, the Case Western Reserve team has won the Final Round of the Regional Competition earning a trip to the international rounds six of the past eight years, and has won the Award for having written one of the top ten briefs in the entire world the past four years.

Case Western Reserve also participates in the Niagara International Law Moot Court Competition, featuring two-dozen law schools from Canada and the United States arguing a case involving Canada-U.S. relations. In 2009, Case Western Reserve won the Niagara competition for the fourth time, and in 2010 and 2011 came in second place and won the best Oralist Award.

The law school has also fielded a team in the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition in various venues across Europe, and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong.

Four Cox Service Award recipients celebrate end-of-the-year awards.
Professors, students, parents and friends gathered for the end-of-the-year awards ceremony in the Journal of International Law office. Four Cox Service Award recipients celebrate above.
Student Awards
  • Best grade in international law;
  • Graduation with Honors in the International Law Concentration;
  • Frederick K. Cox Service Award to up to six graduating law students who make a special contribution to Center programs; Institute for Global Security Law and Policy awards to graduating Research Fellows; and awards to research fellows who made special contributions to Canada-United States Law Institute programs;
  • Best student note completed by a second–year student participating on the staff of the Journal of International Law;
  • Special award for service to the Journal of International Law.

"I was able to make good use of the joint programs with the business school. The combined international offerings gave my CV an excellent international business emphasis that helped me begin my career with a specialty focus in international tax in New York City. That early experience allowed me to easily make a move to a London firm."

Scott C. Antel ('86)
Ernst & Young Legal
Moscow, Russia
International Societies and Groups

International Law Society
Sponsoring international law career and internship panels, international potluck dinners, international movie and music nights, and roundtables on breaking news topics, the International Law Society (ILS) helps students pursue interests and opportunities in international law and practice.

National Security and Law Society
The National Security and Law Society (NSLS) sponsors speakers, debates, and activities that offer students the opportunity to explore in depth all areas of national and global security, from immigration regulations to the USA Patriot Act. Canada-U.S. Law Institute Student Committee The Canada-U.S. Law Institute Student Committee (CUSLISC) assists in all aspects of CUSLI’s programs, including meeting with distinguished speakers and practitioners; attending events in Ottawa, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, and Chicago; organizing the Niagara International Moot Court Competition; and hosting workshops to develop research papers and scholarly articles on Canada-U.S. relations.

Henry T. King, Jr. Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group
With more than 100 active members, the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group is one of the largest groups in the country of lawyers engaged in international practice. Students are invited at a special reduced cost to attend monthly noontime presentations by leading lawyers in international and foreign legal practice at the renowned City Club of Cleveland. These gatherings offer students networking opportunities, show them the real world of international legal practice, and augment their scholarly pursuits with practical and contemporary information from a variety of global experts.

Interaction with LL.M. Students

Each year since its inception in 1992 approximately fifty lawyers from around the world join our law school community to study in our Master of Laws (LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies program. In addition to earning an LL.M., students may earn a certificate of concentration in Intellectual Property, Public International Law, International Business Law, and Health Law. Our J.D. students have the opportunity to work closely, as mentors, with LL.M. students, many of whom go on to high-ranking legal positions in their home countries. Through such interaction, J.D. students develop long-lasting relationships, learn about foreign legal systems, and develop communication skills with lawyers from other legal cultures.

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.