Ingrid Brunk Wuerth

Professor of Law
Director, International Legal Studies Program

Ingrid Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs and international law in domestic courts. Her broad intellectual interests also include the German Constitution, comparative constitutional law, and methodology. She has written extensively on these topics, including articles published in the Chicago, Michigan, Northwestern and Notre Dame law reviews, the Harvard, Melbourne, Vanderbilt and Virginia journals of international law, and the American Journal of International Law. She is currently working on several projects on jurisdiction and immunity in public international law as well as a co-authored casebook on comparative constitutional law to be published by Aspen Publishers. Professor Wuerth joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2007, was appointed director of Vanderbilt’s International Legal Studies Program in fall 2009, and has won several teaching awards. After law school, she clerked for Judge Jan E. DuBois of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for Judge Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced at Dechert in Philadelphia. In 1997 she was named a Chancellor’s Scholar of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, and she was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2007 and a German Academic Exchange Council Fellow in 2011, permitting her to spend several semesters in Berlin, Germany, at both the Humboldt University and the Free University. Professor Wuerth sits on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and is a member of the American Law Institute and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law.  She was selected in 2012 as a Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

Research Interests

War powers, methodology and foreign relations law, international law in domestic courts, comparative constitutional law

Area(s) of Expertise

Public international law, foreign relations law, international litigation, civil procedure, the German Constitution

Representative Publications

  • “The Supreme Court and the Alien Tort Statue: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum,”  107 American Journal of International Law 601 (2013)
    Full Text | SSRN | JSTOR
  • “Foreign Official Immunity: Invocation, Purpose, Exceptions,” 23 Swiss Review of International and European Law 207 (2013)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Subsequent Practice and Treaty Interpretation: Considerations of Domestic Constitutional Law" in Treaties and Subsequent Practice (Georg Nolte, ed.) (2013, Oxford University Press)
  • "Reassessing Pinochet's Legacy," 106 American Journal of International Law 731 (2012)
    Full Text | HEIN
  • "International Law in Domestic Courts and the Jurisdictional Immunities of the State Case," 13 Melbourne Journal of International Law 819 (2012)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “Foreign Sovereign Immunity Determinations in U.S. Courts: The Case Against the State Department,” 51 Virginia Journal of International Law 915 (2011)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “The Alien Tort Statute and Federal Common Law: A New Approach,” 85 Notre Dame Law Review 1931 (2010) (symposium)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN | WWW
  • "The Captures Clause," 76 Chicago Law Review 1683 (2009)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "Medellin: The New, New Formalism?", 13 Lewis & Clark Law Review 1 (2009) (symposium)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • Comparative Constitutional Law: Cases and Context, Aspen Publishers (forthcoming 2014) (with Manuel Cepeda, Jacob Cogan and Patrick Macklem)

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Contact Information

(615) 322-2304 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
Room 292B (office)

Curriculum Vitae



B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
J.D., University of Chicago