International Law Faculty
Washington and Lee Law School is home to a stellar group of international law scholars. Professor Mark Drumbl
is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor at Washington and Lee University, School of Law, where he also serves as Director of the University's Transnational Law Institute
. Professor Drumbl's research and teaching interests include public international law, global environmental governance, international criminal law, postconflict justice, transnational legal process and contracts. His book, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law
(Cambridge University Press, 2007) rethinks -- in theory and in practice -- how individuals who perpetrate genocide and crimes against humanity should be punished.
Professor Rick Kirgis is considered by many to be the father of the study of international law organizations. A venerated teacher and scholar in the field of international law, Professor Kirgis also has made enormous contributions to the School of Law, serving as Director of the Lewis Law Center from 1978 to 1983 and as Dean of the School of Law from 1983 to 1988.
Professor Russ Miller is an expert in comparative law and international legal theory. Professor Miller also co-founded the German Law Journal, the successful, online journal of transnational law, which receives over 1.5 million visits each year. Professor Miller's edited book Progress in International Law will be honored with a panel discussion during the 2008 American Society of International Law Conference.
Professor Johanna Bond teaches and researches in the areas of international human rights law and gender and international law. In 2001, Professor Bond was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and traveled to Uganda and Tanzania to conduct research that later resulted in her edited book, Voices of African Women: Women's Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Professor Susan Franck's teaching and scholarship relates to the resolution of international disputes, including issues related to alternative dispute resolution and claims made under investment treaties. This year Professor Franck received the "New Voices" award from the American Society of International Law.
Professor Timothy MacDonnell's career as a lawyer has been entirely in various roles with the United States Army, most recently serving as Regime Crimes Liaison Officer to the Department of State, acting as an attorney/advisor to the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad, Iraq. In addition to directing the Black Lung Clinic, Professor MacDonnell will work with other transnational law faculty to establish the Rule of Law in Iraq practicum, which will involve students in public defender work in the Iraqi national courts.