Teaching International Law During Challenging Times


Organized by the ILA (American Branch) in conjunction with International Law Weekend 2020.

This panel will address the very important topic of teaching International Law during challenging times, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. International Law has occupied a less central role within American law schools' curricula. At many law schools, International Law is taught as an upper-level elective course; thus, numerous American law school students graduate without ever having had exposure to International Law. It is this panel's starting premise that International Law is a crucial course of study for every law school student; that International Law occupies a very important place in every lawyer's practice; that International Law should be taught more frequently at all law schools in the U.S.; and that during the COVID-19 pandemic - a challenging time for all - the role of International Law should be re-emphasized and the course taught to all students. This panel will thus focus on exchanging best practices in terms of teaching International Law, with a particular emphasis on best practices regarding remote/online and/or hybrid teaching of International Law. 


  • Milena Sterio, The Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 


  • Cindy Buys, Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Darin Johnson, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
  • Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University
  • Mark Wojcik, Professor of Law, UIC John Marshall Law School

Date and Location

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm