Elected Member

Professor Sean David Murphy

Washington, DC
George Washington University Law School
Catholic University of America, B.A.
Columbia Law School, J.D.
Cambridge University, Girton College of Law, LL.M.

Sean D. MURPHY is the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he teaches international law and U.S. foreign relations law. He is also a Member of the U.N. International Law Commission, and a former President of the American Society of International Law.

From 1987 to 1995, Professor Murphy served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, specializing in oceans and environment law, international dispute resolution, and the law of war. From 1995 to 1998, he served as the Legal Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, representing the U.S. Government before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and as the U.S. Agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Professor Murphy has served as an arbitrator, counsel, or expert in cases before international courts and tribunals, including on behalf of Ethiopia, Kosovo, Indonesia, Macedonia, Suriname, Uganda, and the United States.

He has published articles in a variety of national and international law journals, and his books include: International Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2019) (with Damrosch); U.S. Foreign Relations Law: Cases, Materials and Practice Exercises (5th ed. 2018) (with Swaine & Wuerth); International Law relating to Islands (2017); Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (2013) (with Kidane and Snider); Public International Law in a Nutshell (6th ed. 2019) (with Buergenthal); Principles of International Law (3d ed. 2018); and Humanitarian Intervention: The United Nations in an Evolving World Order (1996).

Professor Murphy received his J.D. from Columbia University, LL.M. from Cambridge University, and S.J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is an Associate Member of Matrix Chambers, London, and served for a decade on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.

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Areas of Expertise
International Law
Foreign Affairs (International Law)