Ingrid Brunk Wuerth

Helen Strong Curry Chair in International 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, customary international law and U.S. foreign relations law. Professor Wuerth joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2007 and was appointed director of the International Legal Studies Program in 2009. She was named to the newly endowed Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law in fall 2015. 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. She has received numerous honors and fellowships, including the Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Fulbright Senior Scholar award, the German Chancellor's Fellowship, election to the German Society of International Law, election to the Order of the Coif and several teaching awards.

Research Interests

War powers, foreign relations law, immunity, 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 Normalization of Foreign Relations Law,” 128 Harvard Law Review 1897 (2015) (with Ganesh Sitaraman)
    Full Text | WWW
  • "Customary International Law in the Age of Soft Law" (with Larry Helfer)
  • “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, Oxford University Press (2013) (Georg Nolte, editor)
  • "Pinochet's Legacy Reassessed," 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

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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