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Ingrid Brunk Wuerth

Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law
Director, Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program

Ingrid Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs, public international law and transnational litigation. She joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2007, was appointed director of the International Legal Studies Program in 2009, and was appointed director of the Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program in 2018. She was named to the newly endowed Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law in 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 served 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 many teaching awards. The class of 2018 elected Professor Wuerth to give the commencement address. She is a contributing editor at Lawfare.

Research Interests

Territorial conflicts, state-owned enterprises, immunity, jurisdiction, human rights

Area(s) of Expertise

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


Representative Publications

  • "The Future of the Federal Common Law of Foreign Relations," 106 Georgetown Law Journal 1825 (2018)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “Immunity from Execution of State-Owned Banks” in Cambridge Handbook on the International Law of Immunity (forthcoming 2018)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “Compliance” in Fundamental Concepts for International Law – The Construction of a Discipline (d’Aspremont & Singh, eds., forthcoming 2018)
  • “International Law in the Post-Human Rights Era,” 96 Texas Law Review 279 (2017)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law: Cases, Materials, Simulations (with Sean D. Murphy and Edward T. Swaine) (5th ed.) (2017)
  • "Customary International Law: An Instrument Choice Perspective," 37 Michigan Journal of International Law 563 (2016) (with Larry Helfer)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “The Normalization of Foreign Relations Law,” 128 Harvard Law Review 1897 (2015) (with Ganesh Sitaraman)
    Full Text | WWW
  • “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
  • "Pinochet's Legacy Reassessed," 106 American Journal of International Law 731 (2012)
    Full Text | HEIN
  • “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