IJA International Judicial Academy

Counselors in International Law

In the summer of 2009, Professor Dinah Shelton and Professor David Stewart joined the International Judicial Academy as Counselors in International Law. They will advise the Academy on all matters relating to international law, including providing assistance with drafting program agendas, writing articles for the International Judicial Monitor, and speaking at Academy seminars.


Professor Dinah L. Shelton

Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School

Professor Shelton joined the Law School faculty in 2004. Before her appointment, she was professor of international law and director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law School from 1996-2004. She previously taught at Santa Clara University and was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Paris, and the University of Strasbourg, France. From 1987 to 1989, she was the director of the Office of Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Shelton is the author or editor of three prize-winning books: Protecting Human Rights in the Americas (winner of the 1982 Inter-American Bar Association Book Prize and co-authored with Judge Thomas Buergenthal); Remedies in International Human Rights Law (awarded the 2000 Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law); and the three volume Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (awarded a “Best Research” book award by the New York Public Library). She also has authored many articles and books on international law, human rights law, and international environmental law. She is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and is a vice-president of the American Society of International Law.

Professor Shelton serves on the boards of many human rights and environmental organizations. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law. She has served as a legal consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research “UNITAR,” World Health Organization, European Union, Council of Europe, and Organization of American States. In 2009, she became the first woman nominated by the United States to become a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, established by the Organization of American States to promote and protect human rights in the Western Hemisphere. She was elected to a four-year term in June, 2009.

Professor David P. Stewart

Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Stewart joined the faculty as Visiting Professor of Law following his retirement from the U. S. Department of State, where he served as Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law (2005-2008). He was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown for 25 years and received Georgetown’s Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004. He is also a Professional Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he has lectured on public international law and international human rights since 2002.

Previously, Professor Stewart was Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation (2001-2005), for African Affairs (1998-2001), for Human Rights and Refugees (1989-1998), for Law Enforcement and Intelligence (1986-1988), and for International Claims and Investment Disputes (1983-1986), as well as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser. During his time at the State Department, he also served as Administrator for Iranian Claims, Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser for Economic and Business Affairs, and Attorney Adviser on United Nations Affairs.

Before joining the government, Professor Stewart was in private practice with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in New York, NY in commercial and antitrust litigation. He is the co-editor of the multi-volume Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law for the years 1990-2003 and co-author, with Professor Dinah Shelton and Judge Thomas Buergenthal, of International Human Rights in a Nutshell (3rd ed., 2002). Professor Stewart is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. He is the Vice President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and a member of the American Law Institute.

He earned his B.A. from Princeton, his M.A. and J.D. from Yale and his LL.M. from New York University. In June 2008, he was elected to the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States for a three-year term (2009-2012).