Professor Sean D Murphy

  • Professor Sean D Murphy

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
George Washington University, United States


Sean D Murphy is the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where he teaches international law and United States foreign relations law. Since 2012, he is also a member of the UN International Law Commission, serving as Special Rapporteur for crimes against humanity. In April 2018, he will become President of the American Society of International Law.

He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia University, Master of Laws from Cambridge University, and Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Virginia. He has represented several countries in international courts and tribunals, including Ethiopia, Kosovo, 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 (6th ed. 2014, with Damrosch); Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (2013 with Kidane and Snider); Public International Law in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2013, with Buergenthal); Principles of International Law (2nd ed. 2012); Foreign Relations and National Security Law (4th ed. 2012, with Franck, Glennon & Swaine); and Humanitarian Intervention: The United Nations in an Evolving World Order (1996).


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