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David P. Stewart


Co-Director, Global Law Scholars Program; Director, Center on Transnational Business and the Law, Professor from Practice

B.A., Princeton; M.A., J.D., Yale; LL.M., New York University

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative and Foreign Law, Human Rights Law, International Business and Investment, International Law, National Security, Military, War and Peace

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....

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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 has 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). 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. 

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 "How the U.S. can hold Erdogan's brawling guards accountable- and keep it from happening again", coverage in The Washington Post, May 17, 2017,quoting Professor David Stewart

"Analyzing the Obama Doctrine," coverage by Virginia Law Weekly, March 29, 2017, of a symposium featuring Professors John T. Oliver and David P. Stewart.

"A Preview to the Obama Doctrine," coverage in the Virginia Law Weekly, announcing that Professor from Practice David P. Stewart and Adjunct Professor John T. Oliver would take part in an International Law Symposium on March 23, 2017, hosted by the Virginia Journal of International Law and the John Bassett Moore Society of International Law.

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 "How the U.S. can hold Erdogan's brawling guards accountable- and keep it from happening again", coverage in The Washington Post, May 17, 2017,quoting Professor David Stewart

"Analyzing the Obama Doctrine," coverage by Virginia Law Weekly, March 29, 2017, of a symposium featuring Professors John T. Oliver and David P. Stewart.

"A Preview to the Obama Doctrine," coverage in the Virginia Law Weekly, announcing that Professor from Practice David P. Stewart and Adjunct Professor John T. Oliver would take part in an International Law Symposium on March 23, 2017, hosted by the Virginia Journal of International Law and the John Bassett Moore Society of International Law.

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