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

Space Course: Defense Regulations in the Space Business
Space Course
Space Course: Defense Regulations in the Space Business

This webinar focuses on how activities in the space domain intersect with export controls and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFARS).

Environmental, Social and Governance Symposium, Nov. 3, 2023
GBLI Environmental, Social and Governance Symposium
Environmental, Social and Governance Symposium, Nov. 3, 2023

GBLI will host three (3) 60-minute panels focused on emerging issues in ESG through the lens of international law, policy, and compliance.

SPACE LDP Director on the Hague Diplomacy Podcast
Saadia Pekkanen
SPACE LDP Director on the Hague Diplomacy Podcast

Host Ilen Madhavji speaks with SPACE LDP Director Saadia Pekkanen to see what there is to learn from Japan's approach to Space Diplomacy.

Upcoming Events

  1. Law Day at Converge 2024
    When: Friday, August 23, 2024, 1 – 5:30pm PDT
    Where: Mayer | Brown
    16th - 19th Floors, Prince's Building
    10 Chater Road Central
    Hong Kong

    UW Law would like to invite our esteem international alumni to join us in Hong Kong for Converge 2024 Law Day. Dean Tamara Lawson will provide a Dean’s address and professors Xuan-Thao Nguyen (Director of the Asian Law Center) and Anita Ramasastry (Director of International Sustainable Development) will be present on Law, AI, Technology and Business and Sustainable Supply Chain, respectively.

    Events will take place at the offices of Mayer Brown Hong Kong thanks to our gracious host, Guiping Lu (LL.M. '98, J.D. ’03), Partner.

    Agenda

    Here is a brief look at our agenda for the afternoon:

    1pm                Arrive and Networking

    1:30pm           Welcome Remarks

    1:35pm           Dean Lawson’s Address to International Law Alumni

    2:15pm           Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen on Law and AI, Technology, and Business

    3:15pm           Break

    3:30pm           Professor Anita Ramasastry and Panel on Sustainable Supply Chain

    4:30pm           Final Q&A/Open Discussion

    5pm                Closing Remarks

    Please mark your calendars and register below.