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International Law and Comparative Legal Studies' “global” approach to connecting with diverse, international legal and education communities.  UH Law’s vast international and comparative law curriculum spans various areas of the law that touch on global issues including international economic law, trade, human rights, international criminal law, foreign relations law, dispute resolution, health law, energy and environment, immigration law, intellectual property law, and tax law to name a few.  UH’s internationally recognized faculty not only teach in these areas but research and write in well-renown journals and books and are frequently sought out by news outlets and international and government organizations for their expertise and knowledge in their respective fields.  Learn more about our amazing network and our international and comparative law programming.

Houston and the World*

  • Houston’s two international airports service 193 nonstop destinations, including 127 domestic and 66 international.
  • 1 in 4 Houstonians are foreign born.
  • 5,000+ Houston companies are doing business abroad.
  • 92 nations have consular representation in Houston, the third-largest representation in the U.S.
  • Sixteen foreign banks from 9 nations are in Houston.
  • Twenty-four Fortune 500 companies call Houston home, the third most among U.S. Metros.

*Source: Greater Houston Partnership


Confusion continues over Texas immigration law

March 20, 2024 - The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked Texas' new controversial immigration law from taking effect, hours after the Supreme Court allowed the law to go forward. The law lets local and state police arrest people in the country without documentation.

Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes speaks with Daniel Morales, a professor of law at the University of Houston.

Professor Elizabeth Trujillo recently published, The USMCA and the Environment: Setting Trends for Global and Regional Trade, in The Future of Trade: A North American Perspective (David A. Gantz and Tony Payan, eds, 2023).  This was a grant-funded project sponsored by Rice University’s Bake Institute for Public Law and Policy Center for US-Mexico and the Charles Koch Foundation.  You can use the picture of the book depicted here. More on this publication can be found here.

GLPA is proud to announce the Houston Journal of International Law (HJIL) Symposium Issue 45:1 that summarizes the papers and presentations from the GLPA webinar series, “Constitutionalism, Trade, Social Justice, & Sustainability in the Americas: Lessons from the 2020 Global Pandemic,“ and the follow-up webinar, “Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Supply Chains, Sustainability, and Governance.” For more information on the publication, click here.

Professor Trujillo publishes with Professor Sabrina Ragone from the University of Bologna, Global Challenges, Local Solutions: An Introduction to New Perspectives to International and Comparative Law, as an Introduction to the HJIL-GLPA Symposium series, and can be found here.

Academic Partner


We are excited to announce our academic partnership with the University of Bologna, Italy. This collaboration brings together researchers from Bologna’s Department of Political Science and Social Sciences and UH Law Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas for collective research on the Americas and international law. This partnership will also bring about more opportunities for faculty and students of both institutions for international exchanges, collective research and other mutually beneficial collaborations.

Learn more about our Global and Graduate Programs.

Learn more about Global Law and Policy for the Americas Initiative.