The Dean Rusk International Law Center has a tradition of fostering the scholarship and coursework of the law school's internationally recognized faculty, and thus enriching the academic experience and global practice preparation of our J.D., LL.M., and M.S.L. students.


Our international, comparative, and transnational law scholars include:


Georgia Law Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge, holder of the Herman E. Talmage Chair of Law. An expert in international arbitration, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, and is the co-author of International Civil Litigation in United States Courts.


Diane Marie Amann, Regents' Professor of International Law and the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law and is a Faculty Co-Director of our Dean Rusk International Law Center. An expert in public international law, with emphases in criminal justice and human, national, and collective security, she served from 2012 to 2021s as International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict.


Harlan G. Cohen, Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law and a Faculty Co-Director of our Dean Rusk International Law Center. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and his expertise includes global governance, foreign relations law, human rights, and international trade.


Christopher M. Bruner, Stembler Family Distinguished Professor in Business Law, whose scholarship focuses on corporate, securities, and financial law, including international and comparative dimensions of these fields. His most recent book is Re-Imagining Offshore Finance: Market-Dominant Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World.



Jason A. Cade, a prolific immigration law scholar, who serves as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, and Director of the University of Georgia School of Law Community Health Law Partnership Clinic.



durkeeMelissa J. Durkee, Associate Dean for International Programs, Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, and Allen Post Professor. She has expertise in international economic and environmental law, global governance and legal theory, and forcuses on interactions between business entities and international legal institutions. Durkee serves on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and is the Supervising Editor of AJIL Unbound

ringhand photoLori A. Ringhand, J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, who served as the Interim Director of the Dean International Law Center from 2020 to 2021. In 2019, she received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she explored different approaches to campaign finance regulation taken by the United States and the United Kingdom

Michael L. Wells, Marion and W. Colquitt Carter Chair in Tort and Insurance Law, whose teaching and scholarship includes examination of European Union law, often in comparison with laws in the United States.


These and other University of Georgia School of Law professors: serve on the Faculty Division of our Dean Rusk International Law Center Council; teach in the international, comparative, and transnational law curriculum, in Athens and overseas; advise advocacy teams and other student organizations; organize lectures, colloquia, and similar events; and serve in leadership roles in global organizations and institutions.

Our faculty's scholarship appears in journals, books, and other publications throughout the world, and is featured in the Dean Rusk International Law Center Research Paper Series, part of the Legal Scholarship Network of SSRN, the Social Science Research Network.