International and Comparative Law

57th Academy of American and International Law


Plano, Texas, USA

Registration Open

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

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


The Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law's premier 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 States 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, human rights and business, cybersecurity, and more.

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

COVID Protocols & Advisories

COVID-19 Travel Guidance

Currently, air travelers aged two and older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are required to show documentation of a negative viral test result taken within one day of their flight’s departure to the United States before boarding. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.

The active Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order requires all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Academy participants should monitor the CDC website on international travel for the latest guidance regarding testing requirements.

Additionally, because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement the CDC’s testing rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips.

You may also have specific obligations when returning home, including testing requirements and quarantines.  Please review your jurisdiction’s specific requirements before making arrangements to attend the Academy.

COVID Protocols During Programs

During the Academy sessions, SWIICL will require program participants to follow certain procedures that comply with the latest CDC guidance, as well as building-mandated safety protocols. This may include the wearing of masks, social distancing, and, if sick, isolation. Generally, Texas does not have lockdowns based on COVID, but the situation may change and some social events may have to be cancelled or changed depending on the situation at the time.

Schedule and Faculty

Note: A complete schedule may be found in the Academy brochure.


The faculty includes distinguished scholars and practicing lawyers with national and international experience in legal, business, and public affairs.

Among the faculty:

Evelyn Aswad
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, Oklahoma

Donald Earl Childress III
Caruso School of Law, Pepperdine University
Malibu, California 

Jack J. Coe, Jr.
Caruso School of Law, Pepperdine University
Malibu, California  

Jens Christian Dammann
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Geoff Gannaway
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, Texas

Bryan A. Garner
LawProse, Inc
Dallas, Texas 

Charles H. Gustafson
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC

Susan L. Karamanian
College of Law, Hamad bin Khalifa University
Ar-Rayyan, Qatar 

Elizabeth McClintock
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts

Timothy Meyer
Vanderbilt Law School
Nashville, Tennessee

Mark Michels
Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, California

Daniel Pickelner
Wood McKenzie
Houston, Texas

Harry W. Sullivan, Jr.
Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas

Hear from Academy faculty member, Bryan A. Garner

Other Information

Photo/Audio/Video Release

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

Privacy Policy

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