Visiting Professor David Stewart Appointed to New Posts

November 27, 2012 —

Visiting Professor David Stewart Visiting Professor David Stewart

Georgetown University Law Center Visiting Professor David P. Stewart has been chosen as one of eight reporters helping to develop the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, a new guide from the American Law Institute designed to clarify and modernize foreign relations law for judges, practitioners and scholars.

Stewart will be working on sovereign immunity issues along with Professor Ingrid Wuerth, who directs the International Legal Studies Program at Vanderbilt Law. Other reporters will be tackling issues related to jurisdiction and treaty law. 

“Working on the Restatement is both a great honor and a great responsibility,” Stewart said. “There have been significant developments since the Restatement (Third) was published a quarter century ago.  The opportunity to collaborate on a revision is tremendously exciting, and I am looking forward to working with colleagues whose skills and expertise I respect greatly.” 

Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute is a leading independent organization whose members include over 4,300 lawyers, judges and law professors. Its mission is “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.”

Stewart is also the new president-elect of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). Stewart, an ABILA vice president, will succeed current president Ruth Wedgwood when her term concludes in 2014.

“ABILA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the study and practice of international law,” said Stewart. “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead the branch.  Our membership includes a wide range of practitioners, academics, government officials and students, and our committees work actively on a variety of current topics, making a real contribution to the development and advancement of international law.”

Founded in 1873, the International Law Association (ILA) is a preeminent international non-governmental organization focused on the study, clarification and development of public as well as private international law. Headquartered in London, ILA has 46 national branches around the world.  ABILA is one of the largest and most active branches. Among its best-known activities is the annual International Law Weekend in New York. 

Stewart is a visiting professor at Georgetown Law, where he directs the Global Law Scholars Program, co-directs the Center on Transnational Business and the Law (headed by Professor Barry Carter) and teaches courses in public and private international law, foreign relations law and international criminal law and civil litigation. He served as an adjunct professor at the Law Center for over 25 years and received the Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004.

Stewart joined the Georgetown Law visiting faculty following his retirement from the U.S. Department of State, where he served as assistant legal adviser for private international law. Previously he had been assistant legal adviser for diplomatic law and litigation, African affairs, human rights and refugees, law enforcement and intelligence and international claims and investment disputes. He was also special assistant to the Legal Adviser. 

Before joining the government, he was in private practice with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in commercial and antitrust litigation. He co-edited the multivolume Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law for the years 1990 to 2003 and co-authored International and Transnational Criminal Law (2009) with Georgetown Law Professors David Luban and Julie O’Sullivan.

In 2012, Stewart was re-elected to the Inter-American Juridical Committee, which advises the Organization of American States.  He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, the executive council of the American Society of International Law, the executive council of the ABA’s Section of International Law and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.