Shaping Business Law and Policy for a Global Future

The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business LawIn a rapidly changing and increasingly global arena for law and policy, the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law studies and helps to shape international business law and policy through a rich variety of programs that bring leading scholars to campus to address the critical issues in the field. The center’s premier fellowship program further enriches the educational experience of students interested in careers in international business law.

Founded in 1987 and renamed in 2007 for Dennis J. Block ’67, a leader in international business law and member of the Board of Trustees, the center is an important resource for the international business law community and future lawyers who will practice in a global legal marketplace. The center’s highly regarded programs have covered such topics as corporate social responsibility, international trade, bankruptcy and insolvency, intellectual property, conflict of laws, antitrust, and social policy. The center’s symposia are frequently co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Journal of International Law or the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Commercial and Financial Law.

Follow us on Twitter

About the Center

The Block Center has since become an important resource for the international business law community and future lawyers who practice in a world where globalization is a given. The Center offers the legal community a variety of well-regarded interdisciplinary programs that address the changing nature of the international business world.

This broad scope of programs has covered such topics as corporate social responsibility, international trade, bankruptcy and insolvency, intellectual property, conflict of laws, antitrust, and social policy. The symposia are frequently co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Journal of International Law or the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Commercial and Financial Law.

Leadership

The center is led by Co-directors Roberta S. Karmel, Centennial Professor of Law, Associate Professor Julian Arato, and Professor of Law Robin Effron. The center’s Steering Committee comprises faculty who have a special expertise and interest in the field of international business law.

International Business Law Fellowship

For students interested in pursuing a career in international business law, the International Business Law Fellowship Program offers an outstanding educational experience.

IBL Fellows

Fellows enroll at Brooklyn Law School from all over the United States and around the world. The diverse backgrounds of these students adds richness to the study of international law.

Colloquium on International Economic Law

The Brooklyn Colloquium on International Economic Law is presented by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, and convened by Professors Julian Arato and Robin Effron. Colloquium sessions are open to the public, and members of the NYC International Law community are encouraged to attend.

IBL Events

The Center spearheads an exciting calendar of events throughout the academic year that spotlights current and emerging issues in international business law and policy. The schedule includes symposia and lectures, breakfast roundtables, international economic law forums, brown bag luncheons, and student-organized programs.

November 8 and 9, the Center is pleased to host the American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting. The meeting encompasses several events, including leadership meetings of the Society's Executive Council and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law; the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 70 authors; and programming for practitioners.

Publications

The Block Center co-sponsors a conference with the student-edited Brooklyn Journal of International Law each year, and with other journals from time to time. These conferences have produced an impressive body of work. We invite you to read these papers below.

Our Global Alumni

Brooklyn Law School’s International Business Law Program prepares its fellows for a range of successful careers around the world. IBL Fellows are highly regarded and sought after by employers from banks and securities firms to law firms and courts.

News
Seven New Faculty Members Join Brooklyn Law School
Professor Jocelyn Simonson Cited in U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Filming of Police
Pinto Fellowship Supports Students Committed to LGBTQ Rights