Timothy Meyer

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., M.A., Stanford University
J.D., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


International Business Transactions
Constitutional Law I
International Environmental Law
International Trade

Biographical Information: 

Timothy Meyer joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2010. He currently serves as an associate professor teaching International Business Transactions, Constitutional Law, International Environmental Law and International Trade. For the 2015-16 academic year, Meyer is teaching at Vanderbilt Law School.

His scholarly interests focus on international lawmaking and compliance. Meyer’s current research examines the interaction of international and local rules on energy subsidies, the role of science in international lawmaking, the relationship between international energy institutions and climate change institutions, the codification of customary international law and the creation of non-binding "soft law" obligations, rather than binding treaty obligations.

Meyer's work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Journal of Legal Analysis and the Harvard International Law Journal, among others. He is also the author of a book on international soft law (with Andrew Guzman), forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Meyer has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has served as a consultant and expert on international law issues in litigation in U.S. courts.   

Before coming to Athens, he practiced law for several years at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, where he represented the United States in commercial arbitrations and real property transactions all over the world. In addition, Meyer represented the United States in negotiations with a number of foreign governments on diplomatic law issues. Before joining the State Department, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Meyer earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he held a Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Fellowship from the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Publications & Activities


Goldilocks Globalism: The Rise of Soft Law in International Governance (with Andrew T. Guzman) (Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming 2015).


From Contract to Legislation: The Logic of Modern International Lawmaking, 14 Chi. J. Int'l L. 559 (2014).

Epistemic Institutions and Epistemic Cooperation in International Environmental Governance, 2 Transnat'l Environ. L.15 (2013).

Global Public Goods, Governance Risk, and International Energy, 22 Duke J. Comp. & Int'l L. 319 (2012) (invited).

Codifying Custom, 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. 995 (2012).

Power, Exit Costs, and Renegotiation in International Law, 51 Harv. Int'l L.J. 379 (2010).

International Soft Law, 2 J. Legal Analysis 171 (2010) (with Andrew T. Guzman).

Soft Law as Delegation, 32 Fordham Int'l L.J. 888 (2009)

International Common Law: The Soft Law of International Tribunals, 9 Chi. J. Int'l. L. 515 (2009) (with Andrew T. Guzman) (invited).

Federalism and Accountability: State Attorneys General, Regulatory Litigation, and the New Federalism 95 Cal. L. Rev. 885 (2007).


How Compliance Understates Effectiveness, 108 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. (forthcoming 2014).

Explaining the Energy Regime Complex, 8 Carbon & Climate L. Rev. 146 (2014) (reviewing The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance, by Thijs Van de Graaf).

Book Review, Economic Foundations of International Law, by Eric A. Posner and Alan O. Sykes, 108 Am. J. Int'l L. (2014).

Collective Decision-making in International Governance, Am. J. Int'l L. Unbound (2014) (invited).

Good Faith, Withdrawal, and the Judicialization of International Politics, Questions of Int'l L. (2014).

"The Role of Science in Adducing Evidence of Climate Change" in Oxford Handbook on International Climate Change Law (Cinnamon Carlarne, Kevin R. Gray & Richard Tarasofsky, eds., 2014).

How Compliance Understates Effectiveness, Am. J. Int'l L. Unbound (2014) (invited).

"Soft Law" in The Research Handbook on the Economics of Public International Law (E. Kontorovich ed.) (Elgar Publishing, 2013).

Energy Subsidies and the World Trade Organization, 17 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Insights (2013).

The Architecture of International Energy Governance, 106 Am. Soc. Int'l L. Proc. 389 (2012).

Independence and Hierarchy in International Scientific Cooperation in Networks for Prosperity: Connecting Development Knowledge Beyond 2015 (U.N. Indus. Dev. Org. Rpt. 2012).

Towards a Communicative Theory of International Law, review of Formalism and the Sources of International Law (Jean d’Aspremont, Oxford University Press, 2011), 13 Melbourne J. Int'l L. 921 (2012).

Book Review, International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice (Ian Hurd, Cambridge University Press, 2011), 106 Am. J.  Int'l L. 415 (2012).

"Customary International Law in the 21st Century" in Progress in International Law (Rebecca Bratspies and Russell Miller eds., 2008) (with Andrew T. Guzman).