Colorado Law's International Law and Human Rights LLM program aims to provide students, academics, and practitioners with an advanced theoretical grounding in international law and the international human rights framework 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/or professional goals in international law and human rights.

Under the leadership of Dean Jim 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 persons law,
  • international dispute resolution,
  • international environmental law,
  • oil and international relations,
  • international indigenous rights, and
  • international legal theory.

Further, our LLM students benefit from access to:

  • unique clinical offerings, including the rare opportunity to enroll in one of the first American Indian Law clinics in the US;
  • 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 persons (2008-2014), which will include guest lecturers from Dean Anaya's extensive global network of international law and human rights practitioners;
  • a seminar led by James Cavallaro, a current Commissioner at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and
  • the opportunity to apply for a one-year post graduate fellowship 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.