Steve Charnovitz

Steven Charnovitz
Associate Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


Steve Charnovitz is an associate professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Charnovitz hails from Savannah, Georgia. He received a B.A and J.D. from Yale University, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University. 

Before joining the Law School faculty in 2004, Professor Charnovitz practiced law for six years at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 1999, he was the director of the Global Environment and Trade Study (GETS) at Yale University. From 1991 to 1995, he was the policy director of the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council. The Council issued four reports to the U.S. Congress and president. From 1987 to 1991, he was a legislative assistant to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Wright and Foley). Earlier in his career, he was an analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor where his assignments included worker rights in U.S. trade negotiations, trade adjustment assistance, and technical cooperation with Saudi Arabia. 

Professor Charnovitz serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of Environment & Development, and the World Trade Review. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the American Law Institute. A collection of his essays, Trade Law and Global Governance, was published in 2002 by Cameron May. He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.


BA, JD, Yale University; MPP, Harvard University