J. Benton Heath

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Heath’s primary research interests include international trade, investment law, dispute resolution, global health, administrative law, public international law, and the national security dimensions of trade and investment. He teaches Civil Procedure and International Arbitration.

Professor Heath previously practiced international law and arbitration at the U.S. State Department, and at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. He has represented governments and state-owned enterprises before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, other international arbitral tribunals, and the federal courts. His work at the State Department also included bilateral claims negotiations with the Republic of Cuba, matters relating to embargoes and economic sanctions, and U.S. court cases brought against foreign governments by victims of terrorism. He also served as a clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor Heath’s research has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the American Journal of International Law, among others. He holds a J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law, and a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2018 to 2020, Professor Heath was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU School of Law.


LL.M. International Legal Studies, NYU School of Law, 2012
JD, magna cum laude (Order of the Coif), NYU School of Law, 2011
BA Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2005

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