Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy; Director, International Law & Organizations Program
Author of numerous articles on international law and organizations, as well as American policy in the Balkans, the use of force, operational problems of peacekeeping, international tribunals, post-conflict reconstruction and the constitutional foreign affairs power, published in the American Journal of International Law, Yale Law Journal, European Journal of International Law, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Die Zeit and International Herald Tribune. U.S. member, U.N. Human Rights Committee; member, Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee for International Law, the Defense Policy Board of the Department of Defense and the CIA Historical Review Panel. Independent expert for International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. U.S. public delegate to OSCE, Warsaw Human Dimension Meeting. Vice president of American Society of International Law and International Law Association’s American branch. Serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, on the board of directors of Freedom House and as a member of the policy advisory group of the United Nations Association. Formerly Charles H. Stockton Professor at the U.S. Naval War College, professor of law at Yale Law School, director of studies at the Hague Academy for International Law in the Netherlands, visiting professor of law at University of Paris I (Sorbonne), member of the Hart-Rudman Commission, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and chairman of the committee on research for the American Society of International Law. Former chief of staff to the head of the criminal division in the Department of Justice and chaired the attorney general’s working group on FBI informant and undercover guidelines. Also served as federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. Former executive editor of the Yale Law Journal and Supreme Court law clerk.
Professor Wedgwood received her J.D. from Yale University.
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Professor Hansen is a partner in the Project Finance Group of the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, specializing in bilateral and multilateral trade and project financing in emerging markets. He was previously General Counsel of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and Associate General Counsel for Investment of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He has taught economics at Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Harvard, and has taught law at Georgetown, Boston University and George Washington law schools. He received an M.A. from Yale, an M.P.A. from Harvard, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Professor Khairallah is a member of the Middle East practice group of the law firm of White & Case, where he advises financial institutions, governments and commercial enterprises in connection with project financing, equity investments and international dispute resolution involving the Arab world. He was previously Deputy General Counsel at the World Bank, and worked in private legal practice in Lebanon. He also lectured in international law at the Lebanese University and the International Law Institute, and has taught at Georgetown law school. He received a Licence en Droit from the Lebanese University, and an M.C.L., LL.M. and Doctorate of Law from the University of Michigan.
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Daniel Barstow Magraw
Daniel Magraw is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and President Emeritus at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). He has extensive experience in international law, institutions, processes and policies, particularly relating to environmental protection and human rights, including having worked in government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental organizations, business, and academia.
Professor Magraw was President and Chief Executive Officer of CIEL from January 2002 to September 2010, during which time he also worked on substantive projects, including climate change, international financial institutions, toxic chemicals, oceans, democratizing international dispute settlement, trade and environment, and the law of foreign investment. He continues to work on substantive matters at CIEL as President Emeritus. He represents India in an arbitration brought by Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty, is a member of the U.S. government’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC), chairs the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law’s Task Force on Magna Carta, serves as a consultant to the United Nations, and is on the Board of Directors of Lightbridge Corporation, a publicly traded company.
From 1992-2001, Professor Magraw was Director of the International Environmental Law Office at the U.S. EPA. Initially a political appointee, he became a career member of the Senior Executive Service. He served on scores of United States delegations to international negotiations and other meetings. While on leave from his international environmental law position at EPA, he co-chaired a White House assessment of the regulation of genetically engineered organisms (5/00-1/01) and served as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of International Activities (1/01-8/01).
Professor Magraw teaches international environmental law and policy at SAIS. From 1983-92, he was Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, where he was the faculty initiator of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy. He was a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1989. He organized international conferences on international pollution, global change, and international watercourses at the Universities of Virginia and Colorado. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor Magraw worked as an economist and business consultant in India as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1968-72), where he helped develop and manage the largest (over 600 employees) and most successful co-operative of its type in India. He stayed for a third year at the request of the Tamil Nadu state government to conduct a marketing survey of rural areas. He practiced international law, constitutional law, and bankruptcy law at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC from 1978-83, during which time he spent six months practicing poverty law at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. He also worked on pro bono cases with the American Civil Liberties Union and League of Women Voters.
Professor Magraw has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of international law topics, and he has written books and articles on many international law subjects, including international environmental law, women’s human rights, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, international trade and the environment, sustainable development, accountability in international dispute settlement, and philosophy and environmental protection. He also has been active – often in a leadership capacity -- in a wide variety of professional organizations, including the ABA, American Law Institute, American Society of International Law, International Law Association, and Inter-American Bar Association. He is the recipient of many awards, including the ABA’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy, the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Public Service Award for International Law, the United Nations Association National Capital Area’s Louis Sohn Award for Human Rights, and the Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law (Stockholm University and International Council of Environmental Law; October 2011).
Mr. Magraw has a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1976), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review and a founder of the Berkeley Law Foundation (an NGO that funds projects helping under-privileged and under-represented people and communities). He has a B.A. with high honors in Economics from Harvard University (1968), where he was student body president, a volunteer worker in a housing project, a varsity swimmer, and on the stage crew of the Loeb Drama Center. He also studied music in India (the veena) and Minnesota (music theory).
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LL.B, with honors, D.P.L., with honors, Alexandria University, Egypt, M.C.L, University of Miami; LL.M, with distinction, S.J.D. Tulane University.
Professor Mattar is Co-Director of the Protection Project of the Foreign Policy Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Previously he served as the legal advisor for the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Mission to the United States.
Professor Mattar has taught Comparative and Civil law at various Arab universities. He also taught Islamic law and Investment and Trade Laws of the Middle East at Georgetown Law Center and American University, Washington College of Law.
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Joshua Meltzer is a fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He is an expert on the intersection between climate change and international trade and the relationship between trade and U.S. competitiveness—particularly with regard to U.S. trade with key economies such as China, India, Japan and the European Union.
His research interests also include a range of issues related to the World Trade Organization and free trade agreements, such as the treatment and promotion of trade in energy.
Prior to joining Brookings in November 2010, Joshua Meltzer was first secretary for trade policy at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. At the Australian Embassy, he focused on climate change and energy issues, particularly with respect to their trade-related aspects. He was also responsible for intellectual property and the trade and environment issues in the Doha Round. Meltzer has also worked in the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was a trade negotiator for Australia's free trade agreement negotiations with Malaysia and ASEAN/New Zealand. He was also responsible for providing the Australian government with legal advice on its commitments under its FTAs, including the Australia-U.S. FTA.
Meltzer has also interned in the Legal Affairs Division at the WTO and the United Nations International Law Commission.
Recent publications include an analysis of international investment law in free trade agreements and an examination of the extent to which state sovereignty can legitimize the WTO.
Meltzer holds degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia as well as an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor
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Amelia Porges has taught WTO law at SAIS since 1999. She practices WTO law and international trade law, advising businesses, trade associations and governments on how to use trade rules to solve market access problems and resolve disputes. She provides strategic advice and advocacy on all aspects of trade policy, trade disputes and negotiations, working with a wide range of industries and agricultural groups. She also advises and troubleshoots on operational issues in (or with) international or transnational organizations.
As the Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement and head of enforcement at USTR, Ms. Porges guided U.S. WTO litigation efforts in all disputes during the first five years of the WTO, negotiated on the WTO's dispute settlement rules, and provided guidance on GATT and WTO law. During the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, she served as Senior Legal Officer and Counsellor for Legal Affairs at the GATT Secretariat in Geneva. She has argued cases in the GATT and WTO, drafted trade agreements, negotiated and advised on U.S. trade legislation, and advised in many bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. She was principal author of the leading current work on GATT law, the Guide to GATT Law and Practice published by the WTO. She holds degrees in law and public policy from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
Ms. Porges is a Commissioner of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and member of the U.S.-Japan Committee on Cultural and Educational Interchange. She has co-chaired the annual International Trade Update program at Georgetown University since 2002, and is an editor of the ASIL Insights series of current updates on international law. She is pro bono counsel for the Trade Policy Forum and the Society of International Economic Law, and Corresponding Editor (GATT/WTO) for International Legal Materials.
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Professor Schneebaum is a shareholder in the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. He is a member of the firm's Litigation, International Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice Groups, which are his areas of concentration; he also manages the pro bono practice of the firm's Washington office. He is a member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association, which sponsors the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and is former Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. He currently serves on the governing bodies of the American Bar Association Post-Conviction Death Penalty Representation Project and the Council for Court Excellence. He has taught on the adjunct faculties of Catholic, American, and The George Washington University Law Schools, as well as Cornell and Oxford Universities. He has written and lectured extensively on international law topics, including in particular the role of the international law of human rights in domestic legal systems. Prof. Schneebaum holds Bachelors degrees from Yale and Oxford Universities (the latter in jurisprudence), a Masters in philosophy from Oberlin College, a Masters of Comparative Law from The George Washington University, and a Masters from Oxford University.
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Professor Stewart is Professorial Lecturer at SAIS and Visiting Professor of International and Transnational Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He recently retired from the U.S. Department of State, where he spent a career practicing international law. He served most recently 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 the co-editor of the multi-volume Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law for the years 1990-2003 and is co-author of the Nutshell on International Human Rights Law and a new casebook on International Criminal Law. He recently published a major study in the American Journal of International Law on whether international economic and social rights should be enforced through an international complaints mechanism. He serves as a vice-president of the International Law Association, American Branch, as a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and on the Executive Council of the ABA’s Section of International Law. He was recently elected by the member countries of the Organization of American States to the Inter-American Juridical Committee. The Committee, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, advises the OAS on the development and codification of international law norms and the harmonization of the domestic law of Western Hemisphere countries. Prof. Stewart received a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale Graduate School, and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University.
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Ms. Wiss is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells L.L.P., and a member of the firm's Finance and Infrastructure Project and Public Finance Groups. Her practice concentrates on international project finance and business transactions, with a particular focus on the financial structuring of international projects in emerging markets.
Ms. Wiss has been the lead counsel on numerous projects financed by the U.S. Export Import Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and International Finance Corporation as well as commercial banks and the capital markets. She has represented clients in international business transactions on the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Far East, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Middle East. She represented the borrower in the aircraft acquisition financing and securitization transaction in India awarded the "Deal of the Year 2001" by Trade Finance Magazine. She is listed in IFLR's Guide to the World's Leading Project Finance Lawyers. She co-chairs Hogan & Lovells' India Working Group.
She has taught a course on international project finance and investment at Georgetown University Law Center for the past twenty-five years, and teaches a class on international investment law at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She served as vice president of the American Society of International Law, president of the Washington Foreign Law Society and received the annual community service award from the International Section of the D.C. Bar Association. She has received the Charles Fahy Award Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award from Georgetown University Law Center and the John Carroll Award from Georgetown University.
Ms. Wiss received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as an editor of Law & Policy in International Business.
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Tiffany Basciano, Associate Director, International Law & Organizations Program
Tiffany Basciano is the Associate Director for the International Law and Organizations Program at SAIS, where she also teaches a practicum on international human rights advocacy. She received her B.A. in Politics and History from New York University (May 2003), and her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School (May 2007). While at GW Law, Tiffany attended the GW-Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law (July 2005). She is also a member of the California Bar (April 2008).
Prior to joining SAIS, Tiffany interned at a consumer advocacy organization. She has additional work experience as: a legal intern in the Legislative & Correctional Issues Branch in the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; a summer graduate intern with the New York City Law Department – Office of The Corporation Counsel - Family Court Division (Brooklyn); and a law clerk in a plaintiffs’ litigation firm.
Her legal and academic interests include international human rights law and rule of law development, particularly in Africa. As a law student, Tiffany wrote on international extradition and the death penalty, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and transitional justice in Africa.