Student organizations, journals, and moot courts, contribute to the vibrancy of the International and Comparative Law Program.
Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA)
The UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs (JILFA) is an interdisciplinary publication promoting scholarship in international law and foreign relations. JILFA publishes articles by leading scholars, practitioners, and other professionals from around the world, as well as student comments. Some of JILFA's issues are topical, focusing on immigration or international gender and race discrimination, and others offer more variety, ranging from conflicting approaches to technological developments, to the international criminal court, to sovereign debt crises.
JILFA hosts an annual symposium each spring semester. These symposia bring together leading academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss pressing issues in international law. JILFA's next symposium, to be held on March 14, 2014, will explore the future of international human rights litigation in American domestic courts in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (133 S.Ct. 1659 (2013)). The 2013 symposium focused on human rights issues in the emerging economic powers of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The 2012 symposium examined the Arab Spring and its consequences across the Middle East.
JILFA staff membership is open to JD students who have completed at least one semester of law school and all LLM students. JILFA staff assist with selecting, reading, editing, and formatting articles for publication. Through their participation, JILFA members gain valuable skills in critical analysis, collaboration, and legal editing.
Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law
The UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL) is published once a year. As the first law school journal in the West dealing with this topic, JINEL’s goal is to emphasize and critically analyze all legal issues--social, political, civil, historical, economic, and commercial--that are of particular relevance to Muslims and Near Easterners in both Muslim and non-Muslim societies. Thus we will: present issues relating to the laws of the Near East and their effects on the people and countries of the region and worldwide; present issues relating to the theoretical aspects of Islamic law and jurisprudence, and its application; discuss laws as they have affected the people of the Near East outside the region.
Pacific Basin Law Journal
UCLA’s Pacific Basin Law Journal publishes twice a year, covering a diverse range of legal issues with a focus on the rapidly developing economic nations of the Pacific Rim. Throughout its history, the journal has featured articles written by leading scholars and practitioners on international legal topics including human rights law, constitutional law, comparative law, criminal law, international trade law, business/corporate law, and intellectual property law. The breadth and diversity of the subject matter of the journal's articles contributes to its reputation as among the most innovative, informative, and authoritative publications at the UCLA School of Law.
International Justice Project
The UCLA International Justice Project (IJP) is a student-run extracurricular clinical program at the UCLA School of Law. IJP partners law students with human rights organizations from around the world to provide firsthand experience with the practice of international human rights law. IJP helps students develop the basic skills and substantive knowledge necessary for international human rights and international justice advocacy. Students collaborate with partner organizations to draft legal memoranda and briefs, and to provide valuable international and comparative legal research.
IJP is currently working on a range of projects with organizations addressing domestic human rights issues as well as issues abroad in South Africa, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and Iraq. JD students may begin IJP work in the second semester of their first year, and LLM students may join as soon as they arrive at UCLA.
International Human Rights Law Association
The International Human Rights Law Association's (IHRLA) purpose is to provide a student-led forum for developing knowledge, sharing experiences, and promoting career opportunities within the field of international human rights law at the UCLA School of Law. IHRLA endeavors to work closely with the International Human Rights Program and other organizations, both on and off campus, to provide meaningful opportunities for learning, project-based research, and career assistance to students within the Law School.
Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society (IMLS) at UCLA seeks to educate students on issues impacting the immigrant community, as well as bridge a connection with immigration law academic scholars and practitioners. A primary focus of the organization is to help law students volunteer with agencies that provide free or low-cost legal services for low-income immigrants. Students who volunteer with the VAWA Clinic work with attorneys at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to prepare declarations for victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence, in order to apply for U-Visas and VAWA. Students also volunteer with the Youth Deportation Defense Clinic, in conjunction with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, by conducting legal screenings for minors to help the family identify potential defenses to deportation and connect the child with free or low-cost representation.
Other volunteer opportunities include assisting local non-profit organizations with processing applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and other forms of relief. IMLS also organizes educational speaker series on hot topics, the Spanish for Lawyers training and an annual mixer with immigration law practitioners
Participation in moot court is a fantastic part of the law school experience, and UCLA Law Students have participated in some of the most prestigious international law related competitions worldwide. These experiences allow students to develop crucial lawyering skills and to make connections with a broad network of professionals and other students.
Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition
The Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition is a simulation-based, experiential legal competition designed to expose rising professionals to the practice of IHL and to real world challenges facing IHL practitioners during armed conflict.
Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Pleading Competition
The Jean-Pictet Competition is a training event in international humanitarian law (IHL) for students taking part in the competition in teams of three students. The teams compete in the context of simulations and role plays built around a fictitious armed conflict.
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
The goal of the Vis Arbitral moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.