Core International Law Faculty
Virginia Law’s international law faculty includes some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. They regularly teach international law courses, organize and participate in international law events and conferences, and supervise independent research in their areas of expertise:
Kevin Cope’s research applies social science methods to the study of international institutions, migration, and political attitudes toward international law. One of Cope’s major research initiatives involves multilateral treaty-making, in which he applies a theoretical model to negotiating data collected from the archived records of the last few decades’ most significant conventions, with the goal of improving future treaty-making processes. Before coming to the Law School, Cope clerked for three federal judges and practiced government enforcement litigation law in Washington, D.C., with Skadden, Arps, where he handled matters involving treaties, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, immigration law and the World Bank.
Ashley Deeks teaches and writes on international law and national security issues. Before coming to UVA in 2012, she served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, as well as the Embassy legal adviser at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in 2005, during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations. She was a 2007-08 Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and a visiting fellow in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Since joining the Law School, she has been frequently quoted in the national media on topics such as legal justifications for war, diplomatic immunity, the Edward Snowden affair, and the use of cyber and drone warfare.
A. E. Dick Howard
A. E. Dick Howard teaches courses in comparative constitutionalism. He was the chief architect of the Constitution of Virginia. He has compared notes with drafters of constitutions in various foreign countries, including Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Brazil, the Philippines, Hong Kong, South Africa and Malawi. Howard has written extensively on Anglo-American constitutional history, especially the legacy of Magna Carta, and on constitutional developments in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe.
John Norton Moore
John Norton Moore directs the University’s Center for National Security Law and the Center for Oceans Law and Policy. Among seven presidential appointments, he has served two terms as the Senate-confirmed chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace and, as the first chairman, set up this new agency. He also served as the counselor on international law to the Department of State, and as ambassador and deputy special representative of the president to the Law of the Sea Conference, chairman of the National Security Council Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea, and as a member of the U.S. legal team before the International Court of Justice in the Gulf of Maine and Nicaragua cases. Viewed by many as the founder of the field of national security law, Moore chaired the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on National Security Law for four terms.
Tom Nachbar works extensively in the national security arena, focusing on law of armed conflict and the role of legal institutions in counterinsurgency and stability operations. He is a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he has, among other assignments, edited an Army handbook on the development of legal systems, trained Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and deployed to Iraq. He is a senior fellow at the Center for National Security Law.
Camilo Sanchez has worked as a consultant and legal expert on different human rights issues for academic, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. He is also director of the International Human Rights Clinic. In his 15-year legal career, Sanchez has worked on cases regarding enforced disappearances in Central America, attacks against human rights defenders in Mexico, and policies for reparations programs in post-conflict countries such as Guatemala, Peru and Colombia.
John Setear’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between theories of international relations propounded by political scientists and the particular treaties and doctrines of international law created by lawyers. His teaching includes a series of seminars that examines the practical functioning of international law and U.S. constitutional law during a variety of historical periods, such as the Cold War.
Paul Stephan has taught international and comparative law at the Law School over four decades. He served as counselor on international law to the Legal Adviser of the State Department in 2006-07, and from 2012 to 2018 was a co-ordinating reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. During 1993-1998 he advised the Department of Treasury on providing technical assistance to the tax policy officials and tax administrators of the former socialist countries, and participated in the drafting of the Tax Codes of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan. He has been involved in numerous lawsuits and international arbitrations as an expert witness. He has written on international law, law and development, and international institutions as well as on tax policy and U.S. constitutional law.
Pierre-Hugues Verdier teaches and writes on international financial regulation and on broader public international law topics including foreign state immunity, customary international law, and the reception of international law in national legal systems. His research has appeared in both law reviews and peer-reviewed academic journals, and in recent years he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced corporate and securities law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. He is a graduate of McGill University’s joint common law and civil law program, received master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Law School, and clerked for Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada. He is one of six Canadians to be awarded the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law.
Mila Versteeg specializes in comparative constitutional law, international human rights law and empirical legal studies. Most of her research deals with the origins, evolution and effectiveness of provisions protecting fundamental rights. Her academic publications have appeared in numerous leading law reviews and social science journals; some have been reported on by national news organizations and translated in several foreign languages. In 2017, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, which provided her with a $200,000 award to expand her research into the world's constitutions to better understand how constitutional rights are enforced in different countries. Versteeg is a graduate of Tilburg University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University.
Other Resident Faculty With International Law Interests
In addition, other faculty members teach courses and supervise papers related to international law, often with a focus on a specific subfield or area:
- Aditya Bamzai
- Michal Barzuza
- Darryl K. Brown
- Michael Doran
- Michael D. Gilbert
- Andrew Hayashi
- Ruth Mason
- Dotan Oliar
- Saikrishna Prakash
- George Rutherglen
- George K. Yin