Jane Stromseth is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University where she focuses on constitutional law and national security, justice and accountability for atrocity crimes, and international human rights. Dr. Stromseth also has a distinguished record of government service. From 2013 to 2015, she served at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large in the Office of Global Criminal Justice and then as acting head of the office. She also served as Senior Adviser on Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy at the Department of Defense, where she worked on establishment of the Atrocity Prevention Board, and as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council.
Dr. Stromseth has written widely on topics including post-conflict justice and rule of law building, constitutional war powers, humanitarian intervention, and international law and the use of force. She is co-author of Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law after Military Interventions (2006) as well as numerous other publications. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and to U.S. District Court Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer. Dr. Stromseth serves on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law and as a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law. She received her doctorate in International Relations at Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her law degree at Yale.