Colorado Law's International Law and Human Rights LLM program aims to provide students, academics, and practitioners with an advanced theoretical grounding in international Open Brochurelaw and the international human rights system while allowing for the curricular flexibility needed to enable our students to pursue an individualized course of study and to accommodate their own, nuanced academic and professional goals in international law and human rights.

Under the leadership of Dean James Anaya, Colorado Law's International Law and Human Rights LLM was built on its historic strength in international law. Our International Law  and Human Rights course offerings have three main pillars:

  • Public International Law,
  • International Human Rights, and
  • International Economic Law (including trade law and international business transactions).

The research and teaching of our faculty spans a wide range of subjects, with the following topics representing just a sample:

  • Indigenous Peoples Law,
  • International Dispute Resolution,
  • International Environmental Law,
  • Oil and International Relations, and
  • International Legal Theory.

The following courses have been proposed for the 2018-2019 Human Rights program and were created to supplement our recent agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:

  • Human Rights Colloquium Seminar led by Dean Anaya,
  • Inter-American Human Rights System,
  • Human Rights, Peace & Security, at the United Nations,
  • Legal Research for International Human Rights,
  • Human Rights and Social Sciences,
  • Indigenous Peoples in International Law,
  • Foundations of International Legal Thought,
  • Cultural Property, and
  • U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy Seminar

Our LLM also students benefit from access to:

  • a robust Public Service Pledge Program, a pragmatic option for students planning to develop professional capabilities;
  • a seminar led by Dean Anaya, a former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (2008-2014), which will include guest lecturers from an extensive global network of international law and human rights scholars and practitioners.  The full list of fall 2018 guest lecturers can be accessed here;
  • a seminar led by James Cavallaro, a former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and
  • the opportunity to apply for a post graduate internship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.


Dean Anaya (center-right) at the signing of an agreement with the Organization of American States to provide Colorado Law students with the opportunity to pursue a one-year, post-graduate fellowship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.