Lori Fisler Damrosch

Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy

Office: Jerome L. Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street, Room 615
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-3740
Fax: (212) 854-7946
Email: damrosch@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Rosa Arenas
Phone: 212-854-0696
Email: rarena@law.columbia.edu

Courses/Current Research

  • Public international law
  • The U.S. law of foreign relations


  • Yale, J.D., 1976
  • Yale, B.A., 1973

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Detailed Biography:

B.A., Yale, 1973; J.D., 1976. Law clerk to Judge Jon O. Newman, 1976-77. Served in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, through 1980, with responsibilities including European and Canadian affairs, international antitrust, aviation, and trade; was special assistant to the legal adviser in 1980. Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, 1981-84. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. Publications include The International Court of Justice at a Crossroads (ed., 1987); Law and Force in the New International Order (ed., 1991); Enforcing Restraint: Collective Intervention in Internal Conflicts (ed., 1993); Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post-Cold War Era (ed. 1995); Enforcing International Law through Non-Forcible Measures (Hague Academy of International Law, 1997); and International Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed., with Henkin, Murphy and Smit, 2009). Resident fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace (1995-96). Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law; and numerous international law and human rights organizations. Associate member of Institut de droit international since 2009. Member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law 1990-2013; co-editor-in-chief, 2003-13. Organizer of U.S.-Soviet (later U.S.-Russian) research project on international law for the American Society of International Law (A.S.I.L.). Vice president of A.S.I.L., 1996-98, counselor of A.S.I.L. 2001-05, and President-elect A.S.I.L. since 2013, for presidential term 2014-16. Principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations.