$20 million gift boosts international law programs at NYU Law


Thanks to a new $20 million gift, the New York University School of Law has launched the Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies, which will bolster the school’s international law programs and initiatives.

Frank Guarini, who holds a J.D. and LL.M. from NYU Law, is a former New Jersey State Senator and U.S. Congressman. He has previously funded other centers and programs at the law school.

The aims of the Guarini Institute include providing a platform for in-depth, interdisciplinary study of transnational legal and regulatory issues, as well as the technology-driven transformation of legal services and global legal practice.

The Guarini Institute will support numerous initiatives, including NYU Law Abroad; the Global Fellows Program; the International Conference Series; the Emile Noël Lecture Series; the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Justice; and the scholarship of the Law School's global and international faculty.

“Tomorrow’s lawyers will need to approach law as an instrument of governance — including its enduring power and inherent limitations—from an interdisciplinary and global perspective,” said Benedict Kingsbury, vice dean for global programs and the Institute’s new faculty director. “NYU Law offers unparalleled opportunities for our JD and graduate students to engage with novel legal, policy, and regulatory issues here and abroad, and the Guarini Institute will raise those opportunities to a new level.”


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