Sean D. Murphy

Sean D. Murphy

Title: Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law

Telephone: 202.994.8763

B.A., Catholic University; J.D., Columbia University; LL.M., Cambridge University; S.J.D., University of Virginia

Specialties/Areas of Expertise:
Public international law; foreign affairs and the U.S. Constitution; international organizations; international dispute settlement; use of military force and law of war

Member, U.N. International Law Commission; Member, American Law Institute; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law; Member, American Society of International Law

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Brief Bio:

  • served as legal counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, arguing several cases before the International Court of Justice (1995-98)
  • represented the U.S. government in matters before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and The Hague Conference on Private International Law (1995-98)
  • served as U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (1995-98)
  • served in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser (1987-95)
  • author of numerous books and articles on international law, such as Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (Oxford 2013) (with Kidane and Snider)
  • previously represented several foreign countries in international courts and tribunals, including Ethiopia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Suriname
  • elected by the U.N. General Assembly to serve on the U.N. International Law Commission for 2012-2017