Professor Jane Stromseth teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional law, justice and accountability for atrocity crimes, and international human rights. From 2013 to 2015, she served at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large in the Office of Global Criminal Justice and then as acting head of the office. She previously served in government as Senior Adviser on Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy at the Department of Defense, where she worked on establishment of the Atrocity Prevention Board; as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council; and as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State.

Dr. Stromseth has written widely on topics including post-conflict justice and rule of law building, humanitarian intervention, constitutional war powers, and international law and the use of force. She is co-author of Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions (2006); editor of Accountability for Atrocities: National and International Responses (2003); and author of The Origins of Flexible Response: NATO’s Debate over Strategy in the 1960s (1988); as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Dr. Stromseth served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and to Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Dr. Stromseth is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law. She received her doctorate in International Relations at Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her law degree at Yale.


Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Jane Stromseth, The United States and the International Criminal Court: Why Undermining the ICC Undercuts U.S. Interests, 47 Ga. J. Intl. & Comp. L. 639-657 (2019).
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Jane Stromseth, 112 Am. J. Int'l L. 798-804 (2018) (reviewing Lan Cao, Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change (2016)).
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Congressional Testimony

Accountability for Russia’s War Crimes and Aggression against Ukraine: Hearing Before the Tom Lantos Human Rts. Comm’n of the H. Comm. Foreign Affs., 117th Cong., Mar. 8, 2022 (Statement of Jane E. Stromseth)(CIS-No.: Pending).

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Jane E. Stromseth, Post-Conflict Rule of Law, in The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law 513-537 (Jens Meierhenrich & Martin Loughlin eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2021).
Jane E. Stromseth, Iraq's Repression of Its Civilian Population: Collective Responses and Continuing Challenges, in 3 Humanitarian Intervention: Critical Concepts in Military, Strategic and Security Studies 3-33 (Alex J. Bellamy ed., New York: Routledge 2017).