Center for International Law & Justice

The Center for International Law and Justice (CILJ) at Florida A&M College of Law seeks to develop scholarly, educational, and practice-orientated activities for students and faculty. The CILJ endeavors to be the nation’s leading center of excellence in research, training and advocacy in the international and comparative law of developing nations.

The CILJ aims to support and complement Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) international mission by:

  • Cultivating scholarly interest, discourse, debate, and research in international and comparative law among students and scholars at the COL, FAMU, general public, and centers of excellence throughout the world.
  • Strengthening and expanding the university’s international presence in the developing world, and promote and engage in activities that facilitate multi-disciplinary and comparative research within and outside of the University.
  • Assisting states, regional organizations, academic institutions, civic organizations and private institutions in the developing world create an enabling environment for peace and security, democratization, human rights, the rule of law, good governance, and economic development by facilitating pragmatic  legal projects and programs that build capacity and increase and generate human knowledge and understanding of pressing legal, socio-political, and economic issues.
  • Developing and managing international law internships, fellowships programs and international community service opportunities for COL students.
  • Facilitating and managing international affairs orientated joint degree programs within the COL.
  • Seeking internal and external funding for research and student-related programs.
  • Serving as a clearinghouse of information, data and analysis on legal, socio-political, and economic issues in the developing world, particularly Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America (ACL), for public and private institutions in the United States.  In this capacity, we believe the program should work closely with the COL library and FAMU library system as a whole, to ensure that there is a respectable international law and foreign affairs collection(s).
  • Fostering partnerships between the COL and other institutions and global centers of excellence, particularly those focusing on ACL states such as the Florida West Africa Linkage Institute (, which FAMU is already an affiliated college.
  • Building capacity in law schools and centers of excellence in ACL countries by providing human (e.g., training and consulting) and tangible (e.g., books and materials) resources.