Global commerce and trade fundamentally impact business lawyers and—through economic development—provide a vehicle to promote impact in Washington and the world.

The Global Business Law Institute builds on UW Law’s strengths in comparative law and international programs, its established global network and the active involvement of world leaders from the business community. The Institute compliments robust programs within the law school — including intellectual property, tax, sustainable international development and law and entrepreneurship — and across the University, thus providing a strong interdisciplinary foundation.

The Global Business Law Institute benefits from the UW School of Law’s longstanding global network of companies, firms and universities. Joint projects with various international universities contribute to scholarship and broaden the student experience.

The Institute positions UW Law at the center of teaching, research, scholarship, policy and practice relating to global business law.

Academics

  • Global Business Law JD concentration track
    This JD track readies students for international and U.S. transactional practice and legal policy work in law firms, industry and government.
  • LLM in Global Business Law
    International and U.S. lawyers build cutting-edge knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in transactional practice and legal policy work.
  • Global Business Law Fellows program
    This program provides JD and LLM students with hands-on work experience, networking and mentorship from organizations within the advisory board.
  • International Business Compliance Course
    Beginning Winter 2019, this course covers national compliance issues with lectures and panels featuring leading compliance practitioners and academic experts.

GBLI Programs & Projects

  • India Trade and Transactions Project
    A regular forum to discuss law, issues, developments and practicalities related to business transactions in India, developed in partnership with Jindal Global Law School.
  • China Trade and Transactions Project
    A regular forum to discuss law, issues, developments and practicalities related to business transactions in China.
  • Events
    ​With UW Foster School of Business and International Studies, the Global Business Law Institute holds interdisciplinary events on timely global business, law and policy topics.

Industry Advisory Board

Seattle’s vibrant business community — with world leaders in global manufacturing, IT, retail and electronic commerce — allows the Global Business Law Institute to draw on the region’s expertise. The industry advisory board is a key element of the Institute, and members of the board include senior legal executives from prominent companies and law firms.

GBLI News

Upcoming Events

  1. 2022 Global Innovation Law Summit: A New Chapter for the Global Patent System (Day 1)
    When: Friday, July 22, 2022, 8:30am – 12pm PDT
    Two major global patent events will mark Fall 2022 and Spring 2023: In Europe, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) will have been in force for nearly a decade. In the U.S., the First-Inventor-to-File (FIFT) system will celebrate its tenth anniversary since it was launched on March 16, 2013.

    Part 1 of the 2022 Global Innovation Law Summit will reflect on the origins of the UPC and UP and explore the pros and cons of the new European system in comparison with those of the U.S., Germany and the U.K.

    Part 2, to be held on July 29, will review the past ten years since establishment of the FITF system and the roles of the PTAB in patent enforcement to examine the necessity of further reform of the U.S. patent system.
    More info: cvent.me…

  2. 2022 Global Innovation Law Summit: A New Chapter for the Global Patent System (Day 2)
    When: Friday, July 29, 2022, 4 – 7:30pm PDT
    Two major global patent events will mark Fall 2022 and Spring 2023: In Europe, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) will have been in force for nearly a decade. In the U.S., the First-Inventor-to-File (FIFT) system will celebrate its tenth anniversary since it was launched on March 16, 2013.

    Part 2 will review the past ten years since establishment of the FITF system and the roles of the PTAB in patent enforcement to examine the necessity of further reform of the U.S. patent system.

    Part 1 of the 2022 Global Innovation Law Summit was held on July 22 and reflected on the origins of the UPC and UP and explore the pros and cons of the new European system in comparison with those of the U.S., Germany and the U.K.
    More info: cvent.me…