B.S., Butler University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Melissa Stewart is the Dash-Muse Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute, where she co-teaches the Human Rights Fact-Finding Practicum and leads the Human Rights Associates Program.
Professor Stewart spent several years in private practice at Foley Hoag, where she advised clients on matters related to international law, human rights, corporate social responsibility, law of the sea, and international environmental law. She represented clients before various UN bodies and was co-counsel to the Republic of the Philippines in the historic South China Sea arbitration. Her human rights work included securing legal protection under the Convention Against Torture for a client in immigration detention; filing an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit in an Alien Tort Statute case; and addressing legal issues related to accountability for ethnic cleansing, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Professor Stewart is the author or co-author on publications related to international law, immigration law, refugee law, statelessness, human rights, law of the sea, and investor-state arbitration. She has given lectures at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Indiana University.
Professor Stewart received a J.D. with a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Global Law Scholar. She received her Masters in Law from SciencesPo in Paris, where she studied international law. Professor Stewart was also a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy and a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Middlebury Language School.
Professor Stewart is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and the U.S. Supreme Court.