AJIL is a peer-reviewed international law journal, and appointment to its board of editors is a signature achievement for scholars of international law. Published quarterly since 1907, the journal features features articles, editorials, notes and comments by pre-eminent scholars on developments in international law and international relations.
Wuerth directs Vanderbilt’s International Legal Studies Program. She is a leading scholar of foreign relations and international law whose recent publications include “Pinochet’s Legacy Reassessed,” AJIL’s lead article in fall 2012. In the article, Wuerth analyzed the development of immunity law since the Law Lords held that the former Chilean dictator was not entitled to immunity in a dramatic 1999 judgment. Contrary to other scholarship, Wuerth argued that the Pinochet case did not transform contemporary immunity law and that the conflict between immunity and human rights accountability has been overstated as matter of both theory and practice.
Wuerth was recently elected to membership in the American Law Institute and appointed as a Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. She is also a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law. She has held a number of leadership position in the American Society of International Law and has served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, a German Academic Exchange Council Fellow,and a Chancellor’s Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Association. She was a Morehead Scholar as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina and was named to Order of Coif at the University of Chicago Law School.