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About the Center

The Center for Law and Global Affairs is the focal point for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s interdisciplinary engagement with international and transnational law. The Center supports innovative research and scholarship, develops courses and experiential learning programs, designs and manages international projects and engages in outreach with academic, policy and community partners. The Center works cooperatively with other schools, centers and programs at Arizona State University and with local, regional and national organizations.

Vision and Core Objectives 

As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, state and non-state actors – from corporations to grassroots movements – manage governance and power in new ways. These changes are occurring within a rapidly shifting context defined by multiple challenges including environmental degradation, emerging conflicts, technological innovation, mass migration and shifts in commerce that require innovative approaches toward regulation, legal regimes and social order.

The Center engages and explores these legal and policy issues through its core objectives:
  • Enabling and producing innovative scholarship on evolving forms of international law that extend beyond treaties and other formal mechanisms to include private and public regulatory frameworks, civil society initiatives, corporate action and social networks.  
  • Creating and implementing projects and policy initiatives that link evolving theories on global law, field-based research and practical applications with a focus on human rights, national security, global governance, human trafficking and  rule of law reform.
  • Teaching and training through coursework, advising, research and experiential learning to help students and professionals gain skills and creative vision to work more effectively in an integrated and rapidly changing world.


The Center was created in 2009 to support and expand the College of Law’s commitment to international and transnational law and enhance Arizona State University’s reputation as an academic leader in the field. The Center supports the school’s exceptional international law faculty which includes some of the nation’s top scholars working on sustainability, public/private partnerships, environmental law, public health, public international law and global governance.

The Center creates unique research and experiential learning programs for JD students, LLM students and others, defining the College of Law as educational innovator and supporting diverse career opportunities in global law.

The Center connects the College of Law with other schools, centers and programs at ASU and plays a key role in supporting the university’s goals of enabling excellence, improving access and impact and developing research that contributes to the public good. In this way, the Center embodies the university’s commitment to building a new model for the American research university.