Georgetown faculty can comment on matters related to international law, international trade, economics in the developing world, and other topics.
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Faculty experts include:
Raj Desai is associate professor of international development at the School of Foreign Service and in the government department in Georgetown College. Desai also is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Areas of expertise: economic reform, international development, foreign aid
James Habyarimana, associate professor of public policy, joined the faculty at Georgetown in 2004 after completing doctoral studies at Harvard University. His main research focuses on development economics and political economy, exploring the issues and constraints in health, education and the private sector in developing countries. Habyarimana is researching the impact of policy responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and evaluating a number of health improving interventions in road safety and water supply. His research also focuses on the prevalence and impact of teacher absence and the role of household-level constraints in the school enrollment decisions. He also is working on the link between ethnic diversity and collective action using experimental methods. His primary regional focus is Africa, and he is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. At the McCourt School, Habyarimana teaches the second course in statistical methods and courses on the history of development and education and health policy in developing countries.
Areas of expertise: economics in developing countries
Jennifer Hillman has had a distinguished career in public service, both nationally and internationally. She recently completed her term as one of seven members from around the world serving on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. Prior to that, Hillman served for nine years as a Commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), rendering decisions in more than 600 investigations regarding injury to U.S. industries caused by imports that were dumped or subsidized, along with making numerous decisions in cases involving alleged patent or trademark infringement. Before her appointment to the USITC, Hillman served as General Counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she had previously been an Ambassador and Chief Textiles Negotiator.
Areas of expertise: trade law
Maureen Lewis is a visiting professor in the global human development program in the School of Foreign Service. She spent 22 years at the World Bank, where she held positions including chief economist for human development, manager for human development economics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and lead economist in Latin America and the Caribbean. Lewis was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and was previously a senior research associate at The Urban Institute working in Latin America. She has published books on health and growth, the economics of HIV/AIDs, political economy of health care and on education of excluded groups particularly girls, as well as articles on a range of other development topics.
Areas of expertise: economic development, global health care finance and delivery, innovation in health care, health and growth
Benn McGrady directs the O’Neill Institute Initiative on Trade, Investment and Health and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s Law Center, where he teaches international trade and health and co-teaches public health and international investment law. McGrady’s research examines the intersection of public international law and health, with a particular focus on international trade and investment law and regulation of risk factors for noncommunicable diseases. Benn has advised public health bodies, foreign governments and intergovernmental organizations on various aspects of public international law. He also has expertise advising on the implications of international trade and investment agreements for domestic public health measures as well as on legal issues concerning the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Areas of Expertise: trade law, global health law
Joost Pauwelyn specializes in international economic law, in particular the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Foreign Investment Law. Pauwelyn also advises governments and non-state actors in WTO dispute settlement and investor-state arbitration. From 2007 to 2014 he was Senior Advisor with the law firm of King & Spalding LLC. He is co-founder of TradeLab.org, an online platform aimed at broadening access to justice under trade and investment treaties.
Areas of Expertise: trade law
Steve Radelet is the Donald F. McHenry Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development, and the director of the global human development program. His research and teaching focus on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid and debt – primarily in Africa and Asia. Professor Radelet has extensive experience as a policymaker in the U.S. government; as an advisor to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher and writer. He previously served as chief economist for USAID, senior adviser for development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an economic advisor to the president of Liberia.
Areas of expertise: Africa, development economics, foreign aid, globalization
David Stewart joined the faculty as Visiting Professor of Law following his retirement from the U. S. Department of State, where he served as Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law. Previously he had been Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation, for African Affairs, for Human Rights and Refugees, for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, and for International Claims and Investment Disputes, as well as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser. Before joining the government, he was in private practice with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in commercial and antitrust litigation. He co-edited the multi-volume Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law for the years 1990-2003. He was Adjunct Professor for over 25 years at Georgetown Law Center and received the Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004.
Areas of Expertise: international law
Carlos Vazquez - After graduating from law school, where he was Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review, Vazquez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced law with Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., before joining the law school faculty as a visiting professor of law in 1990, and then as an associate professor in 1991. From 2000 to 2003, he was the United States member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, the organ of the Organization of American States responsible for juridical matters and for promoting the progressive development and codification of international law in the Americas. Vazquez has written and taught primarily in the areas of international law, constitutional law, and federal courts.
Areas of Expertise: international law