International and Comparative Law Center

We are part of an ever more globalized and interconnected international community, and it is increasingly likely that all of our graduates will encounter international or foreign law issues no matter what career path they may pursue.

The International and Comparative Law Center works to coordinate the education of Washburn Law students in international and comparative law — helping them to understand not only international law and foreign legal systems, but to deepen their understanding of their own system of law, and to prepare them for a modern legal career. The Center also supports and promotes the work of Washburn faculty members in their research, writing, and conference work, their teaching and other educational activities, as well as in their more practical work in international and comparative law, both at home and abroad, in a wide range of specializations.


Professor Martin Gives Keynote at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan

Professor Craig Martin travelled to Kyoto, Japan during reading week to present "Article 9 at a Crossroads: The Past, Present and Future of Japan's Peace Constitution," as the keynote speaker at the Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations Research Group on Pacifism, 6th Annual Seminar, on March 18, 2015. The government of Japan's so-called "reinterpretation" of the war-renouncing provision of the Constitution of Japan, and its likely effort to formally amend the provision in the next couple of years, has lead to increasing debate and analysis in Japan.

Photograph: Craig Martin at Ryoanji in Kyoto, Japan.

2015 Jessup International Law Moot Court Team

Washburn competed in the 2014-2015 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, traveling to the University of Denver in February for the Rocky Mountain Regional Round of the Competition. Washburn was one of 500 schools from over 80 countries competing in the competition this year, with 19 schools represented in the Rocky Mountain Regional, including Stanford University, Tulane University, the University of Kansas, and Arizona State. The 2014-2015 Jessup problem, The Case Concerning the Secession and Annexation of East Agnostica (409 KB PDF), was inspired by the Crimean crisis of 2014, with claims of unlawful interference in the internal affairs of another state through the encouragement of secessionist movements, claims of self-determination, and allegations of subsequent annexation of territory, along with additional claims arising from a treaty dispute over mineral resources. The Washburn team lost two close split decisions, and thus did not advance to the knock-out round or on to the international round in Washington D.C. Skip Jordan won an individual prize for 10th top oralist, and the team won 8th best Memorial. Pictured: Professor Craig Martin (faculty advisor), James Crux (1L participant), Andrea Plunkett, Skip Jordan, Nicole Southall, Jordan Clothier, and David Cohen.

Photograph: Washburn Law's 2015 Jessup Moot Court team.

Faculty Discuss CIA Detention and Interrogation Report

Dean Thomas Romig and Professor Craig Martin gave a presentation on February 12, 2015 to students about the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's Report on CIA Detention and Interrogation (62 MB PDF). The Report, which is itself over 500 pages long, is an executive summary of a 4,000 page report on CIA conduct during its detention and interrogation of suspected al-Qaeda members in black sites in undisclosed countries, as well as in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The presentation by Dean Romig (right in photo below) and Professor Martin explained the findings of the Report and explored the legal, moral, and policy aspects of the CIA's conduct, and of torture more generally.
Photograph: Tom Romig and Craig Martin discussing CIA detention and interrogation report.

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Photograph: Tonya Kowalski.
Tonya Kowalski
Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Programs
Photograph: Craig Martin.
Craig Martin
Associate Professor of Law
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Photograph: Jessica Dorsey.

Jessica Dorsey
Class of 2008

Jessica works at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, conducting research in the areas of the laws of war and international human rights law. She is also a candidate for Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam, writing on the geographic and temporal scope of armed conflict.

Jessica began this career path at Washburn, where she did the International and Comparative Law Certificate, and the study abroad program at Utrecht University. She went on to do an LL.M. at Utrecht, before commencing her Ph.D. and beginning work at the T.M.C. Asser Institute.

Jessica writes that: "All of this happened after having been introduced to the subject matter and opportunities in international law at Washburn Law!"