Trent Buatte

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Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Trent Buatte is an Attorney-Adviser at the US Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser. He began his work for the federal government in 2014 as a Presidential Management Fellow, completing rotations as an Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs at the Department of State, Associate Counsel for Refugee & Asylum Law at the US Department of Homeland Security, and as a Refugee Officer in Istanbul, Turkey, adjudicating Syrian and Iraqi refugee cases.

He also served as Special Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Secretary Defense, where he advised on policy related to the law of war, human rights, the International Criminal Court, and the White House Atrocities Prevention Board.

Prior to joining the government, Mr. Buatte worked at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and taught comparative law and human rights law at Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany.


BA, American University; JD, George Washington University