Global commerce and trade fundamentally impact business lawyers and, through economic development, provides a vehicle to promote the global common good. The Global Business Law Institute combines cutting edge teaching, research and scholarship in this field to prepare law students for international practice.

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

GBLI Programs & Projects

  • 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.
  • The Cape Town Convention Academic Project
    A joint undertaking between UW School of Law and the University of Oxford Faculty of Law, this program studies and advances the aims of this important international commercial law treaty.
  • Comparative Commercial Law Project
    Speaker series and academic events in topical global business law subjects.
  • Interdisciplinary Series
    ​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.

International Connections

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.