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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 public international law. She has written extensively on these topics, including articles published in the Harvard, Chicago, Michigan, Northwestern, and Texas law reviews; the Harvard, Melbourne, Michigan, Vanderbilt and Virginia journals of international law; and the American Journal of International Law. She is currently writing about the relationship between human rights and international law as whole, and about state-owned corporations. 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

foreign relations law, immunity, jurisdiction, human rights

Area(s) of Expertise

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


Representative Publications

  • “International Law in the Post-Human Rights Era,” 96 Texas Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law: Cases, Materials, Simulations (with Sean D. Murphy and Edward T. Swaine) (5th ed.) (forthcoming 2017)
  • “Compliance” in Fundamental Concepts for International Law – The Construction of a Discipline (d’Aspremont & Singh, eds., forthcoming 2017)
  • “The Immunity of State-Owned Banks” in Cambridge Handbook on the International Law of Immunity (forthcoming 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
  • "Zivotofsky v. Kerry: A Foreign Relations Law Bonanza," 109 American Journal of International Law (2015)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “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