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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 Sustainable International Development curriculum for M.J. 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.

M.J. students pursuing a specialty in Sustainable International Development will work with our M.J. and SID law program personnel to tailor their curriculum to their specific interests.

Below are some sample curricula that demonstrate the capacity to tailor the M.J. student curriculum to individual needs and interests:

Student Profile A

M.J. student who is a North American/European development or human rights professional seeking training in the use of law/policy tools to promote sustainable development and human rights.

Professional Goal:
Seeking to start own non-governmental/non-profit organization and/or secure employment with international organization, NGO, or aid agency.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Sustainable International Development Courses: 28 credits

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

Student Profile B

Policymaker or NGO professional from low/middle income country seeking training in international law and policy to advance human rights, the rule of law and sustainable development in their home country.

Professional Goal:
Promote development & the rule of law in current or expanded role in their home country.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Sustainable International Development Courses: 28 credits

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

Student Profile C

North American professional seeking to transition from for-profit to non-profit sector or seeking to increase understanding of and credentials in international development, human rights, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Professional Goal:
Work in corporate social responsibility or related field and become part of a an international network of development scholars and professionals.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Sustainable International Development Courses: 28 credits

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

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