The Center for International & Comparative Law (CICL) was launched in 2006 to coordinate the Law School's programs, resources, and events relating to those areas. A reflection of Duke Law's strength in the field, CICL deepens a rich international and comparative law curriculum and enhances the intellectual life of the Law School.
CICL works closely with the Office of International Studies, with the recently-established International Human Rights Clinic, and with the JD/LLM program to organize an ambitious roster of workshops, lectures, conferences, and panel discussions—many of which feature the extensive and influential international and comparative scholarship of Duke Law faculty.
One regular CICL event is the works-in-progress roundtable, which brings together small group of scholars to present book and article manuscripts and receive detailed feedback from their colleagues. Another highlight is the Herbert L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture in International and Comparative Law. Launched in 2002 and delivered each year by a prominent judge or academic, the lecture honors the many contributions made by the late Professor Bernstein. Learn more about CICL events.
CICL is co-directed by Professors Rachel Brewster and Laurence R. Helfer. Brewster's scholarly interests include international trade, international relations theory, and global economic integration. Helfer, the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law, is an expert in the areas of human rights, international law and institutions, and international intellectual property law and policy. Many other faculty members at Duke have research and teaching interests in various aspects of international and comparative law and are involved in various CICL activities.