Sustainable International Development Law

Students pursuing a Master of Jurisprudence in our Sustainable International Development (SID) program will have the opportunity to draw upon the strengths of the University of Washington and its School of Law in a full range of course offerings related to sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law. The program encourages students to use innovation to achieve social change, whether they plan to work in government, for a grassroots or international organization, as a social entrepreneur or with a major corporation.

The SID curriculum for MJ students provides specialized education in sustainable development, with theoretical and practical offerings in international human rights; environmental and resource management; indigenous people's rights; land rights; climate change; international trade and investment; global health; and corporate responsibility.

Sample Curriculum Options

MJ students pursuing a specialty in Sustainable International Development will work with our MJ and SID law program personnel to tailor their curriculum to their specific interests. Below are some sample curricula.

Profile A

Professional Goal

To start own non-governmental/non-profit organization and/or secure employment with international organization, NGO or aid agency.

Sample Curriculum

Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Sustainable International Development Courses: 28 credits

  • International Human Rights Clinic
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Investment Law & Practice
  • International Law
  • International Project Finance Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Law & Development: History & Theories
  • Law, Technology & Development
  • Legal Problems of Economic Development
  • Managing Policy in a Global Context
  • Women, Poverty & Natural Resource Management

Profile B

Professional Goal

To promote development and the rule of law in current or expanded role in their home country.

Sample Curriculum

Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Sustainable International Development Courses: 28 credits

  • Climate Change Law
  • International Law
  • International Project Finance Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Trade Law
  • Law & Development: History & Theories
  • Law, Technology & Development
  • Legal Problems of Economic Development
  • Managing Policy in a Global Context
  • Sustainable International Development Practicum
  • Theories & Tools for Combating Corruption

Profile C

Professional Goal

To work in corporate social responsibility or related field and become part of an international network of development scholars and professionals.

Sample Curriculum

Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Sustainable International Development Courses: 28 credits

  • Business & Human Rights
  • Global Health Law or Health & Human Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Project Finance Law
  • Law & Development: History & Theories
  • Law, Technology & Development
  • Legal Problems of Economic Development
  • Sustainable International Development Practicum
  • Theories and Tools for Combating Corruption
  • Women, Poverty & Natural Resource Management
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