Mark Drumbl

Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law; Director, Transnational Law Institute
Washington and Lee University School of Law


B.A. 1989, McGill University; M.A. 1991, Institut d’études politiques de Paris/McGill University; J.D. 1994, University of Toronto, summa cum laude; LL.M. 1998, J.S.D. 2002, Columbia University.

Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute, Washington & Lee University, 2007– ; Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (January 2007); Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute, Washington & Lee University, 2006-2007; Associate Professor of Law (with tenure), Washington & Lee University, 2004-2006; Visiting Fellow, University College, Oxford University (Michaelmas Term 2005); Visiting Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, School of Law (September 2005); Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, University of Dublin (May 2006); Assistant Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University, 2002-2004; Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow, 2003-2007.

Research and teaching interests include international law, global environmental governance, contracts, international criminal law, transitional justice, transnational legal process, and comparative law. Professor Drumbl’s book, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007) examines theories of punishment and applied sentencing practices for perpetrators of mass atrocity. His articles have appeared in the NYU, Michigan, Northwestern, George Washington, Tulane, and North Carolina law reviews, a number of peer-review journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, with shorter review pieces in the American Journal of International Law and Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He also has authored chapters in edited volumes and participated in numerous symposia. In 2005 his work received the AALS Scholarly Papers Prize and in 2003 the International Association of Penal Law (U.S. Section) Best Article Prize.

Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Drumbl was judicial clerk to Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada. His practice experience includes international arbitration, commercial litigation, and he was appointed co-counsel for the Canadian Chief-of-Defense-Staff before the Royal Commission investigating military wrongdoing in the UN Somalia Mission. Professor Drumbl has served as an expert in ATCA litigation in the U.S. federal courts (expert for the plaintiffs in Almog v. Arab Bank, 2007 WL 214433 (E.D.N.Y., 2007)), as defense counsel in the Rwandan genocide trials, and has taught international law in Pakistan and Brazil. He also has taught at Columbia University, School of Law, as Associate-in-Law and at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

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