International and Comparative Law

57th Annual Academy of American and International Law


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Questions?  Please email Brandon White for additional information about The Academy.


Because of disruptions caused by COVID-19, we have concluded that we cannot effectively conduct this year's Academy as scheduled in May and June.  With health concerns and travel restrictions, there is too much uncertainty to move forward with the live program as scheduled, especially with the advance planning that our participants must do to prepare for the program.

We very much regret this, but it is necessary for the safety of all. During this challenging time, we very much appreciate your support of SWIICL and our common mission to promote justice and the rule of law in the U.S. and around the world. 

Our commitment is to continue to be an important educational resource for our members and supporters even in this difficult time. Thank you very much for your interest in the Academy.


The Institute's premier annual event is the Academy of American and International Law. Since 1964, this multi-week program has attracted over 3,300 participants from 121 countries. Through its extraordinary classroom and extracurricular schedule, the Academy offers opportunities to forge valuable international relationships that last a lifetime.

The Academy is an activity-packed program designed for lawyers from outside the United Statesd and focuses on U.S. law and international business transactions. Participants from more than 20 countries study and socialize together, learning from an impressive faculty and from each other. They receive instruction from some of the best teachers and practitioners of international law from U.S. law schools, law firms, and corporations.

The practical curriculum includes both skills training and substantive law subjects. Topics include legal writing, negotiations, international arbitration and litigation, international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, intellectual property, cyber security and more.

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Academy Highlights:

  • The five-week business law program is designed for non-U.S. residents.  The practical curriculum includes both skills training and substantive law subjects.
  • The Academy has more than 3,300 alumni from 121 countries.  Past participants have become President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Prime Minister of Peru, Chief Justice of the Philippines, Chief Justice of Italy’s Court of Cassation and much more.
  • The faculty is extraordinary.  It includes the Editor in Chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, and world-class experts on such subjects as international business transactions, business organizations, negotiation skills, arbitration and dispute resolution, and international tax.  

About the Academy

Hear more from past participants of the Academy

Schedule and Faculty

Note: Classes begin at 9 AM, break for lunch around 12 PM, reconvene at 1:15 PM and conclude at 4:15 PM.


The faculty includes distinguished scholars and practicing lawyers with national and international experience in legal, business and public affairs. Among the faculty:  Bryan Garner, Editor in Chief of Black’s Law Dictionary; Susan Karamanian, Dean of the law school at Hamad bin Khalifa University; Stanley Siegel, Professor Emeritus at New York University School of Law; Charles Gustafson, Professor at Georgetown University Law Center; Trey Childress, Professor at Pepperdine School of Law; Tim Meyer, FedEx Research Professor and Director of International Legal Studies at Vanderbilt Law School; and Jack J. Coe, Jr., professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. The program emphasizes practical approaches for people engaged in transnational legal and economic relationships.

Hear from Academy faculty member, Bryan A. Garner

Other Information

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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