About the Institute for International Law and Public Policy

Since its founding in 2002, the Institute for International Law and Public Policy has set the pace for Temple Law’s rise as a global leader in the study of international law. Under current co-directors Margaret M. deGuzman and Jeffrey Dunoff, and with the energetic support of a strong core of Affiliated Faculty, the Institute sponsors an ambitious menu of activities. The Institute has been a core element of the rich international programs at Temple Law.

The Institute hosts a broad range of conferences, roundtables, seminars, lectures, and other programs for scholars, policymakers, and students. Participants include international law leaders from top academic institutions and government agencies. The Institute sponsors the International Law Colloquium, in which scholars from other institutions present scholarly works-in-progress on cutting edge issues of international law as part of a for-credit curricular offering. The Institute directors are assisted by student fellows competitively selected for their international law interest and experience.

Institute events are designed to support and enrich an intellectually vibrant community of students and faculty interested in international and comparative law issues at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Institute Directors

Margaret M. deGuzman
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute for International Law and Public Policy
Judge of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

Professor Margaret M. deGuzman is James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple Law School and and a judge of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. She specializes in criminal law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and transitional justice. Her scholarship focuses on the role of international criminal law in the global legal order, with a particular emphasis on the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her recent publications have addressed such issues as how the concept of gravity of crimes affects the legitimacy of international criminal law, the relationship between international criminal law and the responsibility to protect doctrine, proportionate international sentencing, and the selection of cases and situations for ICC investigation and prosecution. She is currently participating in an international expert group studying the proposed addition of criminal jurisdiction to the mandate of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and in a project studying the impact of the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Courts of Senegal on national, regional, and global justice norms.

Before joining the Temple Law faculty, Professor deGuzman clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law in San Francisco for six years, specializing in criminal defense. Professor deGuzman also served as a legal advisor to the Senegal delegation at the Rome Conference where the ICC was created and as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Darou N’diar, Senegal.

Jeffrey Dunoff
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute for International Law and Public Policy

Jeff Dunoff is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law.  His research and writing focuses on public international law, international regulatory regimes, international courts, international organizations, and interdisciplinary approaches to international law.

Dunoff has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Law and Public Affairs Fellow and Visiting Professor at Princeton University’s School for Public and International Affairs, a Professeur Invité, Faculté de Droit at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Visiting Professor at the University of Rome (La Sapienza), Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Senior Fellow at Humboldt University, Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Visiting Professor at Central European University, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre at Cambridge University.  Among other activities, he serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law, as an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Professor Dunoff’s publications include International Legal Theory: Foundations and Frontiers (coeditor, with Mark A. Pollack, Cambridge University Press 2022), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations : The State of the Art (coeditor, with Mark A. Pollack, Cambridge University Press 2013); Ruling the World? Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance (coeditor, with Joel P. Trachtman, Cambridge University Press 2009); and International Law: Norms, Actors, Process (with Steven Ratner, Monica Hakimi, and David Wippman, Wolters Kluwer 2020), a leading textbook. Among other scholarly activities, he has served on the editorial boards of Global Constitutionalism, the Irish Yearbook of International Law, and a book series on The Politics of Transnational Law.

Before joining the Temple faculty, Professor Dunoff clerked for a federal court judge and practiced law in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in the representation of developing state governments in international and domestic litigations and arbitrations. Professor Dunoff received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Haverford College; his J.D., cum laude, from NYU School of Law; and his LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he has served as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law and received the Thomas Chetwood Prize for distinguished academic performance.