Shannon Fyfe Assistant Professor of Law



Office: 477 Lewis Hall

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Area of Expertise

Legal Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of International Conflict


JD, Vanderbilt University

PhD, Vanderbilt University


Shannon Fyfe joined W&L Law in 2024 as an Assistant Professor of Law. She came to W&L from George Mason University, where she was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy, an Adjunct Professor of Law, and a Fellow in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. In addition to her position in the law school, Professor Fyfe will have a courtesy appointment in W&L's philosophy department.

Professor Fyfe's research interests are in legal philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy, with a focus on philosophy and international conflict, particularly international criminal law. Her work in this field seeks to provide a philosophical framework for defending and criticizing current practices of holding individuals legally and morally accountable for their participation in mass atrocities. She has published articles and book chapters that engage with international and domestic criminal law, bioethics, speech act theory, just war theory, epistemology, social ontology, and aesthetics, and she co-authored "International Criminal Tribunals: A Normative Defense" (Cambridge University Press, 2017) with Larry May.

She holds both a Ph.D. in philosophy and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.