PreLaw has named Suffolk University Law School a leader in International Law. The magazine highlighted 33 schools for their deep curricular and programmatic offerings. The schools were graded on their concentrations, clinics, centers, externships, journals, student groups, and certificate programs.
The following are highlights from the law school's International Law Concentration and programs:
Students in Suffolk Law’s International Law Concentration gain practical experience and perspective with private practice and public service internships available in more than 90 countries. These opportunities include participation in the International and Comparative Law & Legal Practice Fellowship Program. Recently, two fellows in the program worked at the UN in the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
Co-director's Timely Scholarship
International Law Concentration Co-Director Sara Dillon recently took on an issue much in the news—tax avoidance by multinational corporations. Her upcoming paper in The International Lawyer, “Tax Avoidance, Revenue Starvation and the Age of the Multinational Corporation,” is a response to the current crisis in global tax avoidance.
Internationally, both developed and developing countries lose billions of dollars in revenue to corporate tax avoidance every year, she writes. “Corporations have found ways of attributing profits to low or no-tax jurisdictions in which the profits were not really earned. However, the real news, and the unexplained aspect of this problem, is why it has taken so long for governments to alter the legal regime governing the taxation of corporate profits.”
In her paper Dillon contends that “the time is ripe for legislative action and for serious international cooperation to realign corporate profits with reasonable levels of taxation.”
Suffolk Law has launched a new partnership with the National University of Ireland at Galway (NUI Galway). Located on the west coast of Ireland, NUI-Galway is a prestigious research university and an integral part of the Irish national university system. Under the partnership, Suffolk Law students will study international and comparative law in Galway under the supervision of Suffolk Law professors and guest lecturers from NUI-Galway and other institutions in Ireland. The courses will run from late May through early June; summer 2017 courses will cover:
- International and Comparative Constitutional Law: Selected Topics
- Emerging Issues in EU Business Law and Policy
After they complete the academic program in Galway, many of the students will undertake externship placements in Ireland, predominantly in the public interest arena, including non-profits and government-related organizations.
In previous years Suffolk Law students have served in externships in Ireland’s Law Reform Commission—an organization that brings together academics, lawyers and judges to work on Ireland’s most pressing legal problems.
Anne Stevenson JD’17 served in an externship at the Child Care Law Reporting Project in Dublin. The Reporting Project was founded by a former editor of the Irish Times and a retired Irish Supreme Court justice. The Project educates the public about Irish child welfare court proceedings (which are closed to the public).
Stevenson observed and reported on child welfare proceedings in courts throughout Ireland. Some of her reportage was then published by the Reporting Project, which aims to provide policy makers and interested professionals with objective data which can be used in their efforts to improve systemic outcomes for children.
Nation Building Experience
In the Indigenous People's Rights Clinic, a first of its kind on the East Coast, Suffolk Law students gain unique experience working with tribes and indigenous organizations nationally and internationally. Projects range from working with tribal leaders on tribal court rules to researching land rights to advocating for human rights before international bodies.
A Comprehensive Approach
Coursework and internships in the European Court of Human Rights
Suffolk Law students participate in a unique experience that pairs a course on European civil rights with a European internship. The course examines the European Convention on Human Rights and its application to vulnerable groups, including refugees. One student then participated in an internship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
The Suffolk Transnational Law Review, one of the oldest international law journals in the country, is organized and operated by students. It serves as a forum to discuss and examine contemporary international legal issues. Since its inception in 1976, Transnational Law Review has emerged as a nationally and internationally recognized publication. Practicing attorneys, universities, law schools, and libraries around the world subscribe to the journal.