Based at UW Law School, the Global Legal Studies Center partners with the International Division of UW-Madison to promote the understanding of international, transnational and comparative legal systems, processes and regimes. GLS supports research in international legal studies, organizes workshops and conferences, expands connections with scholars and institutions in the U.S. and overseas, deepens links with other international programs on campus, and share expertise.
GLS concentrates on three areas:
- International economic law, including global corporate governance, transnational economic regulation, comparative antitrust and competition law, transatlantic relations and global Internet law;
- Development and transition, including the rule of law, law and development, comparative economic law, trade and sustainable development; and
- Human Rights, Democracy and Governance, including comparative constitutionalism, implementing socio-economic rights and humanitarianism.
Affiliated Programs and Sponsored Annual Events
- Human Rights Program
- South Asia Legal Studies Working Group
- Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum
- Wisconsin International Law Journal (WILJ) Annual Symposium
Research Projects and Programs
- Research Circle on the Role of Law in Developing and Transitional Societies
- Research Collaborative on Remaking the Developmental State
- Law and the New Developmental State (LANDS)
- Law and Development in Brazil in Global Context
- Law and Emerging Economies (LEE)
- Globalization and Lawyering in Emerging Economies (GLEE)
- Sustainable Ethanol Production in Brazil
- Climate Migration
- Outreach workshops on Global Legal Issues
Professor Alexandra Huneeus, GLS director, was selected to serve as a foreign expert jurist on the Colombian special peace court overseeing matters of liability relating to the Colombian government's recent historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
GLS faculty member Professor Jason Yackee spends a semester at Thammasat University as Fulbright Scholar.