Jay Butler

  • Associate Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
Jay Butler is an associate professor of law at William & Mary Law School. He previously served as the Kellis E. Parker Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School and has taught as a visitor at Yale Law School and the George Washington University Law School. His scholarship and teaching focus on international law, corporations and contracts.
Butler earned a B.A. in history magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He was then selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a B.A. in jurisprudence from Oxford University. He graduated with his J.D. degree from Yale Law School. After law school, Butler served as a law clerk to Judges Hisashi Owada and Giorgio Gaja of the International Court of Justice and worked as a legal adviser to the Government of Japan. He is also a member of the New York Bar.
His scholarship has been awarded the Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law, he has been selected to present his work at the Yale/Harvard/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum, and in 2018 he won a Law and Public Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University. 


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • B.A.
    Harvard University
  • B.A.
    University of Oxford

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