The Sandra Day Oâ€™Connor College of Law, renamed for the retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 2006, is pursuing a bold and transformative model for public legal education in the 21st century, a model we call â€œlegal education in the future tense.â€ This model re-imagines the law school as a multifaceted legal studies center serving law students, professionals from other fields, and undergraduates seeking broad-based exposure to legal issues. At the core of this expansion is a dedication to making the law school a valuable resource for addressing major regional, national, and international problems of law and public policy.Â The College is the leading law school in the Phoenix area, boasts an Indian Legal Program that is arguably the best in the nation, houses the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, the oldest, largest and by far the most comprehensive law and science center in the country, the Center for Law and Global Affairs, and the new Diane Halle Center for Family Justice. Beyond the traditional J.D., the College offers several concurrent degrees, including a J.D./M.D. program with the Mayo Medical School, a J.D./M.B.A. with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, a J.D./Ph.D. in Law and Psychology with the ASU Department of Psychology, and a J.D./Ph.D. in Justice Studies with the ASU School of Social Transformationâ€™s Justice and Social Inquiry Program. It also offers graduate degrees in Biotechnology and Genomics and in Tribal Policy, Law and Government. A Master of Legal Studies program gives non-lawyers an opportunity to develop needed legal skills to help students advance in their professional careers.Â For more information, visit law.asu.edu.
The Center forÂ Law and Global AffairsÂ supports and inspires research, education and practice regarding new forms of transnational public-private governance that extend beyond the traditional paradigms of international law. As non-state actors increasingly take on responsibilities within the global arena, there is a need for innovative and interdisciplinary understandings of international law and policy. To advance this vision, the Center sponsors conferences, colloquia, courses, research, policy initiatives and publications to:
- Study evolving forms of international law that extend beyond treaties and other formal legal mechanisms to include private and public regulatory frameworks, civil society initiatives, corporate actions and social networks that define the larger global order.
- Develop and apply new methodologies that draw on interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative empirical research to better understand how the rule of law operates in diverse international contexts.
- Initiate and communicate new policy strategies through projects, scholarship and practical initiatives that contribute to more cogent and effective public-private regulation of human rights, security, global economic activities, human trafficking, international health and the rule of law.
- Teach and train students and professionals to work more effectively in the new global regulatory environment.
The Center creates an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, students and community members interested in better understanding and affecting the relationship between law and an increasingly global world.
The Diane Halle Center for Family Justice promotes the well-being and protects the human rights of children and families through multi-disciplinary initiatives in education, advocacy, and scholarship.
The Center works in collaboration with other ASU schools and community partners to pursue direct representation and policy advocacy on core issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, juvenile justice, child abuse, family law, human rights, and criminal law.
Ensuring family justice requires an engagement with national and local legislatures and institutions as well as international laws and norms, and the Center helps judges, lawyers, prosecutors, advocates, survivors, legislators, and policymakers understand how to combine different legal strategies and tools to craft meaningful responses to the prolific problems of family violence, poverty, human trafficking, child protection, and juvenile delinquency.
The American Society of International Law works to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.Â ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. The Society is headquartered at Tillar House in Washington, D.C.
The Society’s 4,000 members come from nearly 100 nations include attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students and others interested in international law. Through itsÂ meetings, publications, information services and outreach programs, ASIL advances international law scholarship and education for international law professionals as well as for broader policy-making audiences and the public.