Professor Stewart joined the 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, 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 for over 25 years and received Georgetown’s Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004.

Prof. Stewart is 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, and teaches courses in public and private international law, foreign relations law, international immunities, international criminal law and civil litigation. 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 (2013) as well as the Nutshell on International Criminal Law (2014). With Professors Luban and O’Sullivan, he co-authored International and Transnational Criminal Law (Aspen 2nd ed., 2014), and is a co-author of the Nutshell on International Human Rights (5th ed.) in 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, International Criminal Law in a Nutshell (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic Publishing 2d ed. 2019).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

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).
David P. Stewart, Immunity and Terrorism, in The Cambridge Handbook of Immunities and International Law (Tom Ruys, Nicolas Angelet & Luca Ferro eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming).