Jay Butler

  • Professor of Law
Jay Butler focuses his scholarship and teaching on international law, corporations and contracts. He previously served on the faculty at William & Mary Law School and was the Kellis E. Parker Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School. He has taught as a visitor at Yale Law School and George Washington University Law School, in addition to UVA before he joined the faculty full time. 
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. In 2021 he won the Francis Deák Prize, awarded by the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, for his paper “The Corporate Keepers of International Law.” 


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • B.A.
    Harvard University
  • B.A.
    University of Oxford
“Corporate Commitment to International Law,” 53 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. __ (forthcoming 2021).
“The Corporate Keepers of International Law,” 114 Am. J. Int'l. L. 189 (2020).
“Corporations as Semi-States,” 57 Colum. J. Transnat'. L. 221 (2019).
“Amnesty for Even the Worst Offenders,” 95 Wash. U. L. Rev. 591 (2017). 
“Responsibility for Regime Change,” 114 Colum. L. Rev. 503 (2014). 

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Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
International Business Transactions
International Law

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