The Whitney R. Harris provides advice and assistance to other Washington University departments and transnational components of the Law School, and fosters collaboration among colleagues at home and abroad who are engaged in international or comparative work.

The Harris Institute uses a combination of education and research to increase global knowledge and understanding, promote the rule of law, and address problems that require international cooperation and international solutions.


  • Develop innovative global solutions to real-life problems
  • Provide future lawyers opportunities  to engage in valuable research and practical experience
  • Offer commentary on current international and comparative law and global affairs issues

Lex Lata, Lex Ferenda

The law as it is, the law as it should be

Commentary on International and Comparative Law and Global Affairs by Washington University School of Law Professors, Alumni, and Students