Professor Stewart joined the faculty following his retirement from the career Senior Executive Service at the U. S. Department of State, where he worked for over three decades in the Office of the Legal Adviser.  His last position was Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law; previously he served as Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation, for African Affairs, for Human Rights and Refugees, for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, and for International Claims and Investment Disputes, as well as 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 was Adjunct Professor at Georgetown for over 25 years and received the Law Center’s Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004. In 2019 he received the Law Center’s Faculty of the Year award.

Prof. Stewart is past President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law as well as the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. The American Law Institute selected him to serve as one of the Reporters working on the Restatement (Fourth), Foreign Relations Law of the United States. He previously served on the Executive Council of the ABA’s Section of International Law and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. From 2008-2016 he was a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, which advises the Organization of American States on juridical matters of an international nature and promotes the progressive development and codification of international law.

Professor Stewart co-directs the Global Law Scholars Program, directs the Center on Transnational Business and the Law, advises the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and teaches courses in public and private international law, foreign relations law, international immunities, international criminal law and international law in domestic courts. He co-edited the multi-volume Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law for the years 1990-2003, and authored The Foreign Sovereign Immunization Act: A Guide for Judges (2d ed. 2019) as well as the Nutshell on International Criminal Law (2d ed. 2019). With Professors Luban, O’Sullivan and Jain, he co-authored International and Transnational Criminal Law (Aspen 3rd ed., 2018), and is a co-author of the Nutshell on International Human Rights (5th ed. 2017). He served to Major, U.S. Army Reserves in military intelligence.



Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

David P. Stewart, Incorporating International Human Rights into U.S. Law: Well-Known Limitations and New Initiatives Taken at State, City and Local Levels, 38 Hum. Rts. L.J. (forthcoming).


David P. Stewart, David Luban, Julie Rose O'Sullivan & Neha Jain, International and Transnational Criminal Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 3d ed. 2019).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

David P. Stewart, The Hague Conference Adopts a New Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters, 113 Am. J. Int’l L. 772-783 (2019).
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David P. Stewart, 113 Am. J. Int'l L. 643-649 (2019) (reviewing Edward Chukwuemeke Okeke, Jurisdictional Immunities of States and International Organizations (2018)).

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters & Collected Works

David P. Stewart, The Emergent Human Right to Consular Notification, Access and Assistance, in The Cambridge Handbook on New Human Rights: Recognition, Novelty, Rhetoric (Andreas von Arnauld, Kerstin von der Decken & Mart Susi eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming).