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Jane E. Stromseth

Professor of Law

B.A., Swarthmore; D.Phil., Oxford; J.D., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, National Security, Military, War and Peace

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...

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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.

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Jane E. Stromseth, The International Criminal Court and Justice on the Ground, 43 Ariz. St. L.J. 427-445 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Justice on the Ground: Can International Criminal Courts Strengthen Domestic Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies?, 1 Hague J. on Rule L. 87-97 (2009).    [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Strengthening Demand for the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies, 18 Minn. J. Int'l L. 415-424 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Jane E. Stromseth, Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice: The Road Ahead, in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift 571-591 (Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson & Pamela Aall eds., D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth Justice on the Ground?: International Criminal Courts and Domestic Rule of Law Building in Conflict-Affected Societies, in Getting to the Rule of Law: NOMOS L, 169-223 (James E. Fleming ed., New York: New York University Press 2011).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 1988 - Present

Books

  • Jane E. Stromseth, Rosa Brooks & David Wippman, Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • O'Connor's Legacy: Landmark Decisions on Rights of Women and Minorities (Jane E. Stromseth & Cynthia L. Cooper contrs., New York: Women's eNews 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Accountability For Atrocities: National and International Responses (Jane E. Stromseth ed., Ardsley, N.Y.: Transnational Publishers 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, The Origins of Flexible Response: NATO'S Debate Over Strategy in the 1960s (New York: St. Martin's Press 1988).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Jane E. Stromseth, The International Criminal Court and Justice on the Ground, 43 Ariz. St. L.J. 427-445 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Justice on the Ground: Can International Criminal Courts Strengthen Domestic Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies?, 1 Hague J. on Rule L. 87-97 (2009).    [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Strengthening Demand for the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies, 18 Minn. J. Int'l L. 415-424 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Post-Conflict Rule of Law Building: The Need for a Multi-Layered, Synergistic Approach, 49 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1443-1471 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Melanne A. Civic, Ralph Wilde, Colette Rausch & Jacques Klein, Panelists, Restoring Rule of Law in Post-Conflict and Stabilization Operations: Respective Roles of Law and Politics, 102 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 319-327 (2008).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Pursuing Accountability for Atrocities After Conflict: What Impact on Building the Rule of Law?, 38 Geo. J. Int'l L. 251-322 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, New Paradigms for the Jus ad Bellum?, 38 Geo. Wash. Int'l L. Rev. 561-575 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Introduction: Global Challenges and the Role of International Law, 36 Geo. J. Int'l L. 655-657 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, An Imperial Security Council? Implementing Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1390, 97 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 41-54 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E Stromseth, Law and Force After Iraq: A Transitional Moment, 97 Am. J. Int'l L. 628-642 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, The Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Role: Continuity and Innovation, 97 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 41-45 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, 94 Am. J. Int'l L. 797-800 (2000) (reviewing Edward C. Luck, Mixed Messages: American Politics and International Organizations 1919-1999 (1999)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Understanding Constitutional War Powers Today: Why Methodology Matters, 106 Yale L.J. 845-915 (1996) (reviewing Louis Fisher, Presidential War Power (1995)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Collective Force and Constitutional Responsibility: War Powers in the Post-Cold War Era, 50 U. Miami L. Rev. 145-180 (1995).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Rethinking War Powers: Congress, the President, and the United Nations, 81 Geo. L.J. 597-673 (1993).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Jane E. Stromseth, Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice: The Road Ahead, in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift 571-591 (Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson & Pamela Aall eds., D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth Justice on the Ground?: International Criminal Courts and Domestic Rule of Law Building in Conflict-Affected Societies, in Getting to the Rule of Law: NOMOS L, 169-223 (James E. Fleming ed., New York: New York University Press 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Introduction: The Legacy of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, in O'Connor's Legacy: Landmark Decisions on Rights of Women and Minorities 1-2 (Cynthia L. Cooper & Jane E. Stromseth contrs., New York: Women's eNews 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Introduction: Goals and Challenges in the Pursuit of Accountability, in Accountability For Atrocities: National and International Responses 1-36 (Jane E. Stromseth ed., Ardsley, N.Y.: Transnational Publishers 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, The Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Role: Continuity and Innovation, in 97 Am. Soc. Int'l L. Proc. 41-45 (2003) (Wash., D.C.: American Society of International Law 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Jane E. Stromseth, Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention: The Case for Incremental Change, in Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas 232 (J.L. Holzgrefe & Robert O. Keohane eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2003).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • Applying the War Powers Resolution to the War on Terrorism: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 107th Cong., Apr. 17, 2002 (Statement of Jane E. Stromseth) (CIS-No.: 2003-S521-19).    [Gtown Law]
  • Role of U.S. Armed Forces in the Post-Cold War World: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Foreign Relations, 103rd Cong., Feb. 10, 1994 (Statement of Jane E. Stromseth) (CIS-No.: 94-S381-18).   
Recent scholarship

In the News

"U.S. Obligations towards Refugees," Part 5 of the American Society of International Law series on International Law and the Trump Administration, June 6, 2017, moderated by Professor Jane Stromseth

"Iraq and Syria: Prospects for Accountability," coverage in Just Security, February 22, 2016, featuring Professor Jane Stromseth.

"New enemy, another presidential war," coverage in The Baltimore Sun, December 8, 2014, mentioning Professor Jane Stromseth.

All News

"U.S. Obligations towards Refugees," Part 5 of the American Society of International Law series on International Law and the Trump Administration, June 6, 2017, moderated by Professor Jane Stromseth

"Iraq and Syria: Prospects for Accountability," coverage in Just Security, February 22, 2016, featuring Professor Jane Stromseth.

"New enemy, another presidential war," coverage in The Baltimore Sun, December 8, 2014, mentioning Professor Jane Stromseth.

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